American colonial period
Object Place: Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines, Lake Lanao region
Overall: 238.8 x 198.1 cm (94 x 78 in.)
Medium or Technique
Leaf fiber (abaca), pigment; plain weave, printed or painted
Arts of Asia, Oceania, and Africa Gallery (Gallery 177)
Large, natural ecru hemp cloth with painted or printed overall design and hand-stitched hems on crosswise ends. The primary motifs, in red, black, yellow and greenish gray, include a central star flower filled with circles, stars and ovals surrounded by smaller stars and other geometric forms. There are four concentric borders made up of bands of alternating diamond containing simple crosses and triangles.
This piece was possibly used as a bedcover
Acquired by an army officer, who was stationed in the Lake Lanao region of Mindanao, from Mr. Noros, who lived locally. W. E. Healey purchased the piece from the officer. Denman W. Ross purchased it from W. E. Healey for $10. Gift to MFA on March 10, 1903.
Denman Waldo Ross Collection