Man’s Sitting Mat, Borneo

Maloh or Taman people, Borneo
19th century
Trade beads, wool cloth, buttons, and cotton

Handmade shell ornaments, barkcloth and tufts of dyed fur, with diamond shaped metal pieces attached at end of bead fringes. All elements applied onto a woven mat of natural fibers and dye. An outstanding and very old example in overall good condition, with some bead loss and eroded trade cloth.

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Berkeley, CA