Coiling in Context: tracing identity through basketry in Egypt

Coiling in Context: tracing identity through basketry in Egypt

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Prof. Willeke Wendrich (University of California, Los Angeles) 

Coiling in Context: tracing identity through basketry in Egypt

During the Egyptian Neolithic (5200 BCE) basketry production in Egypt was well established and evidence for both coarse utilitarian and finely decorated basketry has been found. In present day Egypt basketry production is dwindling, but active basket makers can still be found producing finely coiled decorated objects. Detailed study clarifies that the seemingly ongoing basketry tradition actually shows considerable changes over time, and distinct regional differences. By firmly embedding them in their context, the tacit meaning of these widely used objects, recognized by the people who used, produced or depicted them in tomb paintings, can be made apparent.

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