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Mat laid over Robert Louis Stevenson

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from Samoa

Mat laid over Robert Louis Stevenson
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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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