Mat laid over Robert Louis Stevenson

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from Samoa

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Mat laid over Robert Louis Stevenson

This mat belonged to Tupuola, chief of Tanugamanono which is a small inland village in Upolu in Samoa. He laid it on the body of Robert Louis Stevenson in 1894.

This mat is made with leaves and parrot feathers.

Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-94, moved to Samoa in 1889. His sympathetic support for the Samoan islanders brought their lasting regard and criticism from the British authorities. Some of his most exciting work was produced at this time.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-982-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1897.188.1
Date: 19th century
Dimensions: 1524 mm x 1333 mm
What: Robe, chief's
Subject: Clothing and personal ornaments
Who: Robert Louis Stevenson (robe used at his funeral)
Tupuola, chief of Tanugamanono (presenter)
Where: Polynesia, Samoa, Upolu, Tanugamanono
Event: The funeral of Robert Louis Stevenson
Description: Chief's robe made of leaves with border of parrot feathers and fringed on two sides: Polynesian, Samoa, Upolu, Tanugamanono
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