Mat Seat


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P185A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kenyah
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Date Made Before 1897
Section Oceanian
Materials Plant Fiber | Wool (uncertain) | Shell

Mat seat. Tabit Song. Small rectangular mat with pointed top, woven of natural and dark brown rattan peel forming two vertical bands of diagonal stripes and diagonal bands at triangular top. Top edged with red trade cloth (somewhat damaged) on which are sewn eight small cowrie shells. Twisted strings attached to back, center top. Worn by men, suspended from the waist at back, ready to sit on in the forest.

Length 40.6 cm
Width 21.6 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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