Mat

Description
Original Devon & Exeter Institution label reads “Half a mat/Otaheite/Presented by Capt. Bond, RN.” Donated to the museum by the Devon & Exeter Institute in January 1872.
Length = 2000 x width = 1680mm

The plaited mat (pe’ue) was sat or slept on or served as a partition. However, they were also used to contain the power of the sacred and were used as sacrificial offerings for deities. Fine mats were worn as ponchos. This example is made from woven pandanus fibres.

Anna D’Alleva, 1994
“Finely plaited mat. 3-3.5 strips/cm.”
Accession Loan No.
E1774
Collection Class
Household objects
Common Name
mat
Simple Name
mat
Full Name
woven mat (pe’ue)
Dimensions
whole width 1680 mm; whole length 2000 mm
Production Year High
1792
Production County
Tahiti, Society Islands
Production Country
French Polynesia (Overseas Collectivity of France)
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
pandanus
Production Method
-33.5
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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