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mariga (tiered basket with lid)
  • Maranao peoples
  • mariga (tiered basket with lid), late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • plant fiber, string, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24.5 x 24 x 24 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 5/8 x 9 7/16 x 9 7/16 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3439

The pyramidal basket has four stepped tiers and the top one is the lid. It has a purple field. The bottom tier has triangles in light natural and a zigzag in purple. The second tier from the bottom has green "x's." The third tier, from the bottom, has alternating purple and light natural chevrons. The lid has a band of green triangles. There are stylized bird heads at every corner in green or light natural. There is a purple cylinder in the center of the lid with two light natural birdheads, and two green bird heads, identified as the garunda bird.

The string around the bottom of the basket travels up each tier on two sides of the pyramid and through two sides of the lid, tethering the lid.