Unknown artist

Samoan Oratory Mat

Samoan Oratory Mat by Unknown artist

Artwork Detail

This rare textile is a ceremonial mat for a Samoan orator to sit upon while delivering an elaborate spoken tribute. The painting’s designs are considered to be variations of celestial star patterns. They function like maps to assist a journey. There is also a parallel with traditional Samoan tatau (tattoo) designs. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Samoan Oratory Mat
Unknown artist
Production date
circa 1940
ink on tapa cloth
1200 x 1700 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Chartwell Gift Collection, 2013
Accession no
Other ID
C1997/1/20 Old Accession Number
Copying restrictions apply
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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