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Mat or rain-cape made from folded and stitched pandanus leaf.
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Length: 60.50 centimetres (folded)
Width: 41 centimetres (folded)
- Curator's comments
- Pandanus mat (‘kon kongol’ in the Wahgi language) purchased from the Komblo man Topo, of Kekanem Dangkanem sub-group. Topo says the mat was made by his wife, Jekimb, for Ara, their granddaughter. Pandanus mats are rarely seen these days, having been replaced by blankets, coats etc. Topo says that the thread with which the mat is stitched is from the ‘wambne’ vine (‘kan wambne’). For an account of the making of the collection of which this is part see ‘Paradise: portraying the New Guinea Highlands’ by Michael O’Hanlon (British Museum Press, 1993).
Field collection no:271.
- Not on display
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 271 (field collection number)