Woven baskets are as old as culture itself. Older than pottery and even cloth weaving, plant-fiber baskets and mats have been used for millenia for the gathering, preparation and storage of food and in marriage, funeral and spiritual ceremonies. This Ibanic dowry basket is passed from mother to daughter over generations. The basket is decorated with the tendril or hook motif , a recurring pattern in Indonesian basketry, textiles and ancient bronze vessels dating back to the Dongson culture of northern Vietnam in the first millenium B.C. The bark rim is incised with aso or dragon motifs. The basket has the overall look of graceful sophistication.