Mat Seat


From: Borneo | Dutch East Borneo | Klinjau River

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P200
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Madang
Provenience Borneo | Dutch East Borneo | Klinjau River
Date Made Before 1898
Section Oceanian
Materials Peel | Plant Fiber | Glass

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.

Length 39.5 cm
Width 24 cm
Credit Line Gift of Alfred C. Harrison Jr. and Dr. H. M. Hiller, 1899

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