Ethnology of Manihiki and Rakahanga
Plate 4. Coconut Leaf Platters, Receptacles, Eye Shade, and Baskets
Plate 4. Coconut Leaf Platters, Receptacles, Eye Shade, and Baskets.
A. Serving platters, pite receptacles, and eye shade. 1, ordinary serving platter (raurau) (C. 3073): simple two-strip commencement, open leaflets, check plait, braid finish; bottom width, 12 inches; top width, 10 inches; depth, 13 inches. 2, fish platter (raurau rava ika) (C. 3064): simple four-strip commencement, open leaflet with pared edges, check plait, braid finish; bottom width, 12 inches; top width, 9 inches; depth, 15 inches; weft width, 0.6 inch or 0.7 inch. 3, modern plate platter (raurau mereki) (C. 3073): simple two-strip commencement, open leaflet, check plait, braid finish produced as two free tails which are tied behind midrib strips; 8 inches by 8 inches. 4, four-cornered receptacle (pite pupu) (C. 3069): simple two-strip commencement, open leaflet, check plait, braid finish; width, 8 inches; depth, 5 inches. 5, pointed receptacle (pite pahua) for Tridacna shellfish (C. 3070): technique similar to pite pupu, but point formed instead of corners; top width, 7.5 inches; depth, 7 inches. 6, eye shade (taumata) (C. 3071): midrib strip carrying six open leaflets, check plait; width, 17 inches; depth, 6 inches.
B. Round baskets, 1, introduced basket (tongini) (C. 3067): open leaflet, check plait, and single looped handle; rim dimensions, 13.5 inches by 10 inches; depth, 8.5 inches; width of wefts, 1.9 inches. 2, local basket (kete) page 235 (C.3066), side view with rim above, showing two braids from bottom finish tucked through plaiting at ends: twisted two-strip commencement, closed leaflet, horizontal twilled ows; rim not quite circular; diameters, 19 inches and 16 inches; depth, 7 inches. 3, local basket (kete) (C.3065), botom view showing concentric narrowing by combining pairs of wefts as single elements: braid finish forms transverse line; rim diameter, 11 inches; greatest diameter below rim, 13.25 inches; depth, 6 inches.