- Museum number
Navigation chart of straight and curved slivers of light wood tied in position. Two shells represent islands.
- Production date
- 19thC-20thC early (pre 1941)
Height: 1.70 centimetres
Width: 64 centimetres
Depth: 58 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Was previously framed and glazed.
The shells are either Monetaria moneta or Monetaria annulus.
Notes from Dr Arina Lebedeva from the Kunstkamera (Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology), St Petersburg (Oct 2013):
There are three types Marshall Islands navigational charts; this one is called ‘Mattang’. It doesn’t show specific islands, but the swell of the Ocean and how that moves between Island groups. These charts are used to instruct beginners in the art of reading and constructing charts.
It is a later type of ‘Mattang’. Each shell is an Island and each curve is the swell.
For more information on Marshall Islands navigational charts see:
Davenport, William, Marshall Islands navigational charts, Imago Mundi, Vol 5 (1960) pp.19-26
Lewis, David, We the navigators, 1972 ANU Press, p.201
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1983–1986 16 Dec-29 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Pattern of islands: Micronesia yesterday and today (Possibly but taken off display for the below)
1984 New York, Museum of Modern Art
2012 18 April-17 July, Abu Dhabi, ZNM, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2012-2013 30 Nov to 7 April, Bonn, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2016-2017 Nov-Mar, London, British Library, Twentieth Century Maps
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Register 1941: Part of a "token" gift, as first instalment of a proposed large gift, subsequently confirmed. See "Man" 1929/144.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 3291 (Beasley catalogue number)