Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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petate (mat)
  • Mexico
  • petate (mat), 1989
  • Where object was made: Santa María Añuma, Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • palm leaf fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 178 x 121 cm
    Object Length/Width: 70 1/16 x 47 5/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5504

The large rectangular mat is made of woven plant fiber. It has a light natural colored field. There are wide black bands in a criss-cross pattern, resulting in a large "X" and "V" shape.

It is a double thickness mat for sleeping, sitting, and kneeling.