Woven Mat

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-272122

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

Descriptive Terms

coverings
reed (grass, material)
Mat

Inscription

"15.50" (small paper label stapled to lower right corner with "15.50" written in pencil.)

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Floor Covering

Dimensions

72 x 86 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3677

Reference Notes

Memoirs of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum Press, Volume II, No. 1 - on Google Books