Mat

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Unknown
Country
Solomon Islands
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Description
Small, round mat made from folded and coiled plant fibre
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander mat
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Table Setting table mat
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Measurements
Dia 190 mm x H15 mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibre
History and use
This placemat is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.
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E40689

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