Prayer mat : Iraqi minelayer 'Jumariya'

Accession Number REL31434
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Hessian, Plastic, Wool
Location Main Bld: Peacekeeping & Recent Conflicts Gallery
Maker Unknown
Place made Iraq
Date made c 1990s
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Muslim prayer mat made from brown hessian and white woven plastic sacking. The hessian surface of the mat is placed face downwards on the floor, while the upper, white plastic sacking portion, is knelt upon in prayer. This upper surface is decorated in black, red, yellow and green wool long stitch worked into various designs including a flower, a mosque, geometric shapes and Arabic words.

History / Summary

Prayer mat taken from the Iraqi minelaying tug 'Jumariya' (also known as 'Jamahoria'). This tug was intercepted by a boarding party from HMAS Kanimbla, and was found to be towing a barge loaded with 20 Manta and 48 LUGM sea mines.