Mat Seat


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P199
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Iban
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Date Made Before 1897
Section Oceanian
Materials Rattan | Wool (uncertain) | Glass | Ceramic

Mat seat, Tekai [tikai] burit. Rattan peel, rectangular with pointed top. Pattern of dark and light triangles. Pointed top edged with strips of bright red fabric, over which are sewn broad bands of beadwork with aso design in yellow on black and fringes of small red, yellow and black beads at the ends. At center top a disc of white glazed porcelain. Worn by men, suspended from the waist at back, ready to sit on in the forest.

Length 50.8 cm
Width 38.7 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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