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Sold with an early 20th century photograph 'maori cooking operations'
Early 19th century
Size : 107 cm x 134.5 cm
42 ins x 53 ins
It is possible therefore that this example predates the 1840's and as it also has a kiwi feather and parrot breast red feather border, that it was worn by a person of Maori rank and importance.
According to Major RA Cruise writing in his (Journal of Ten Months residence in New Zealand, 1827), a mat ornamented with Kiwi feathers 'is the most costly dress a Chief can wear'.
|Height||107.00 cm||(42.13 inches)|
|Width||134.00 cm||(52.76 inches)|