Fine and rare old rattan “tali” basket with a contracted mouth from the Idu Mishmi ethnic group of Arunachal Pradesh, India. In India they are primarily animist but in China where they are known as the Lhoba they have a strong spiritual affiliations with Tibetan Buddhism. Google “Bamboo and Cane Culture of Arunchal Pradesh” and you will get a good description of this regional craft. As Sino/Arunachal Pradesh border is disputed with China (it should be noted this where the Dalai Lama fled here when escaping the warm embrace of the PRC), it is very remote and well off the travelers beaten path therefore artifacts from this region are hard to come by. I promised myself to stop buying baskets because I don’t have the space but I couldn’t resist this one, particularly intriguing is the “tama” bark fiber used on the outside used to waterproof it. This piece is in excellent condition and was sourced from friend who recently spent a month researching hemp fiber textiles in the region. I would date this piece to be circa 50 years old. H: 46cm/18in x W: 36cm/14in and W: 15cm/6in.