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Woven Mat

2006.44.3677 (RS170907)

Description

Large woven mat, probably from Hawai'i. Likely made with pandanus leaves. Classic "check" method of weaving with diamond-shaped pattern created using dark and light colored strips of plant material. Woven mats are important items in many Pacific Island cultures, extending beyond domestic use to ceremonial and status-related purposes as well.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
"15.50" (small paper label stapled to lower right corner with "15.50" written in pencil.)
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
reed (grass, material)
Object type
Floor Covering
Descriptive terms
coverings
Mat
reed (grass, material)
Dimensions
72 x 86 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3677
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
272122
Reference Notes
Memoirs of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum Press, Volume II, No. 1 - on Google Books

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