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Large abaca cloth created by hand-stitching several pieces together with overall design of zigzag bands filled with stylized floral motifs, deep points, diamonds, rosettes and scrolling arabesques along the border in red, black and yellow on a natural ecru ground; hand-stitched hems. This piece...

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Acquired by an army officer, who was stationed in the Lake Lanao area on Mindanao, from Mr. Noros, a local resident. Mr. W.E. Healey purchased it from the officer and the donor, Denman W. Ross, purchased it from Healey for $10; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on March 10, 1903

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Filipino, American colonial period, about 1900

Object Place

Mindanao, Lake Lanao region, Republic of the Philippines


Overall: 203.2 x 833.1 cm (80 x 328 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Leaf fiber (abaca) plain-weave, painted or printed pigments


Textiles and Fashion Arts