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petate (mat)
  • Ne'ivi Davi (Highland Mixtec) peoples
  • petate (mat), 1989
  • Where object was made: Santa Inés de Zaragoza, Nochixtlán District, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • palm leaf fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 185 x 129 cm
    Object Length/Width: 72 13/16 x 50 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5503

The rectangular mat is made of woven plant fiber. It has a light natural colored field. It has a large scale criss-cross pattern in bright green, pink and purple, resulting in an "X" and chevron. It has a single thickness.