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hammock and rope
  • unknown Pech (Paya) maker
  • hammock and rope, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Honduras
  • plant fiber, weaving?, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: a) 343 x 94 cm length includes attached rope
    Object Length/Width: a) 135 1/16 x 37 in length includes attached rope
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7296.a,b

The hammock (2007.7296.a) is made from lengths of plant fiber twisted into cords and loosely woven into a very flexible piece of furniture. The cords are gathered into seven bundles at either end, which are then gathered into braided cords which are bundled together, the folded over end is wrapped with another braided cord to form a loop. The loop at one end has a twisted plant fiber rope through it. The loop at the other end does not have a rope through it, but there is a loose piece of rope (2007.7296.b) found with the hammock that would have been strung through that loop originally. It is a light brown color.