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Samoan Material Culture

Figure 295.—Pigeon netting seat (nofoanga sen lupe) with three legs:

Figure 295.—Pigeon netting seat (nofoanga sen lupe) with three legs:

Figure 295.—Pigeon netting seat (nofoanga sen lupe) with three legs:

a, general view the seat (1) is 1 foot 9 inches in width and 11.5 inches from front to back in the middle line; the side and front edges form one continuous convex line with a thick rim (3) 0.9 inch deep, projecting downwards; the back edge is slightly concave. Three legs (2) are lashed to lugs projecting from the under' surface of the seat, of which the front lug (4) can be seen. The legs are strutted with 3 crossbars (5) lashed to each leg with transverse and diagonal turns of sennit braid. The height of the seat is 1 foot 4.5 inches. b, Under surface of the seat, showing antero-lateral rim (3) and 4 lugs. The lugs are cut out of the solid wood with the seat. One lug (4) is in front in the middle the internal to the rim (3), with its long axis in the width of the seat. Three lugs are at the back, one in each corner (6, 6) and one in the middle (7), with their long axis to the width of the seat. The front and corner lugs are 6 inches or more in width; about 1.5 inches thick at their junction with seat and narrowed to about 0.9 in thickness at their lower free edges, while their depth is 1.5 inches. The three lugs (4, 6, 6) have in holes bored through about 2 inches apart. The thickness of the seat is about 0.75 inch in the inner side of the marginal rim. c, Right lateral view of front leg lashing the section of the seat (1) shows the downward projection of the front lug with the right hole through it in dotted line. The front leg (2) has the upper end expanded to in antero-posterior diameter of 2.4 inches and a lateral groove is cut in it to fit against the lug of the seat. Well below the bottom of the groove, a hole (8) is bored through from side to side. The lashing turns (7) are passed through the lug hole on one side, through the leg hole (8) and up through the lug hole on the other side. The braid returns through the leg hole to again pass through the lug hole of that side. After sufficient turns are made, some transverse turns (9) taken around the side lashings of page 536either side and oblique turns (10, 11) are made over the front and back of the leg. d, Front view of front leg lashing. After passing through the leg hole to the left, diagonal upward turns (10) are made over the front of the leg to the lug hole (12) on the right; downward diagonal turns are made on the back and through the leg hole (8) from left to right; from the right, diagonal turns (11) cross upwards to the lug hole (13) on the left. The first two turns cross in the middle, and the subsequent turns above and below the first crossing result in the simple lozenge design being made on the front and back of the leg. The legs are 1 foot 4 inches in length; the lateral diameter at the upper end is 1.6 inches, less than the antero-posterior diameter which has to provide for a groove. The diameter in the middle is 1.5 inches and at the lower end, the antero-posterior diameter is 1.8 inches and the lateral diameter 1.6 inches. The other legs are lashed in the same way as the front leg.