- Museum number
Pandanus fibre plaited mat ('bari'), long and rectangular. Stencilled design; long narrow fringe at each corner and single tassel in middle on two opposing sides.
Length: 110 centimetres
Width: 34 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Register information: 'Bari mat'
Information from Lissant Bolton 24.9.1996: 'Pentecost style. Probably made by Pentecost community living at Lolowai'.
Vegetable fibre plaited mat, long and rectangular; cream background decorated with pink geometric design and with long narrow fringe at each corner and single tassel in middle on two opposing sides.
112-113. Bari mats.
112. Presented by M.Salt.
111-113 LOLOWAI, AOBA, NEW HEBRIDES.
An ethnographical collection formed between September 1975 and January 1976 in the New Hebrides and the Solomon Islands by Assistant Keeper Dorota C. Starzecka.
See Eth.Doc. 955; and Photographs (transparencies and black and white prints in Departmental Pictorial Archive).
This mat was presented to Dorota Starzecka by M Salt (see above). Mavis Salt was a school teacher at Torgil Girls School, Lolowai, from the 1960s. Her brother David Salt was based on Pentecost. This mat could thus either have come from the Pentecost community living at Lolowai, or from Pentecost itself. It is a 'bari' a clothing mat for both men and women which can also be presented in exchanges. (Jean Tarisesei, Vanuatu 18.09.09)
- Not on display
- Creased, folded.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased for the British Museum by Dorota C. Starzecka, Assistant Keeper, British Museum Dept. of Ethnography (Museum of Mankind), on a tour of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands between September 1975 and January 1976. (see Eth. Doc. 955 and photos in AOA archive).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 114 (Field number)