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Mat Seat

Object Number:P200
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Dutch East Borneo
Klinjau River
Date Made: Before 1898
Early Date: 1888
Late Date: 1898
Plant Fiber
Length: 39.5 cm
Width: 24 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Alfred C. Harrison Jr. and Dr. H. M. Hiller, 1899


Mat seat. Rectangle of plain woven rattan peel with what appears to once have been a decorative arch of projecting tufts of peel, echoing the outlines of the mat. Visible on the back, criss-crossing lines of darker peel. Fastened through the top, twisted cords of plant fiber for tying around waist, ending in double tassels with a few tiny trade beads. Worn by men, suspended from the waist at back, ready to sit on in the forest.

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