Sleeping mat (Ebe)

Production date
1989
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Object detail

Description
A sleeping mat of alternating twill weave; patterns are formed by the weave. Tassels at each corner.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander mat
Maker
Production date
1989
Measurements
Length:1400mm
Width:1140mm
Weight:359g
Media/Materials description
Pandanus Leaf
History and use
Sleeping mats, or ebe, are used for sleeping, and to sit on during ceremonies. When not in use, the mat is folded into halves three times, forming a square shape. When used to sleep on, this mat is placed over coconut frond bedding.

This particular mat is a child's sleeping mat. Adult sleeping mats are longer in length. The shiny side is of the mat is the surface upon which people sleep and sit.

This item is part of Alice Hunai’s collection of Vanuatu material culture, created in the 1980s.
Associated person
Registration number
QE25606

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