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Model house (maneaba?) made of wood and coconut fibre. Base of solid wood; rectangular house constructed of narrow wood sections bound with twisted coconut fibre, with peaked roof and supporting pillars and beams.
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Height: 22 centimetres
Length: 30 centimetres
Width: 15.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
See the object file in AOA for a letter and report written in 1967 by Mrs Mabs Sutton whose husband Mr A. B. Sutton worked for the Colonial Service, Overseas Development.
This model house has prompted much consideration from the Kiribati community who engaged in the Object Journeys project 2016-2017 as well as Kiribati cultural specialist and teacher Natan Itonga who visited the collection in November 2017. This house is thought to be not Kiribati in style, due to house having walls and the roof sides are not low enough. A Kiribati maneaba has no sides and the roof comes down a lot lower. Therefore it has been suggested by some of the community group that this could either be a Tuvaluan maneaba (formerly Ellice Islands) or perhaps a Kiribati living house.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Collected by the donor's parents, A.B. & Mabs Sutton, while working in Betio, Kiribati, during the 1960s.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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