Sleeping mat

Production date
Circa 1960s
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Isabel
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Description
Large plaited pandanus sleeping mat- "pinu" in local langauge.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mat
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Bedding
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Measurements
L. 1750mm, W. 680mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibre (pandanus)
Signature/Marks
HB
History and use
This mat 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.

Pandanus sleeping mats such as this are known as 'pinu' on Santa Isabel where the item was collected.
Registration number
E40677

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