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payong-a-olan (embroidered parasol)
  • Maranao peoples
  • payong-a-olan (embroidered parasol), late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • kamagong wood, metal, cotton, sequin, thread, beading, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length: 89 cm unopened
    Object Length: 35 1/16 in unopened
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2798

The parasol has a dark brown wooden handle and tip and metal armature. The shade has panels of purple cloth embellished with silver sequins in a triangle design and and a fish and bird, identified as Sarimanok, at the top. The purple panels alternate with yellow panels, embroidered with a plant-like motif in green, pink, purple, blue, orange and black. Each panel is framed with silver colored gimp. The bottom of the shade is decorated with a netlike fringe of beads in yellow, red, light blue, light green, white and black, ending in tassels of purple thread.