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Kapa beater

2006.44.957 (RS177300)

Description

Wooden four-sided kapa (barkcloth) beater, or i'e kuku, from Hawaii. Three sides have ribbed, parallel lines, each side's ribbing having a slightly different width. One side has a regular diamond and triangle design carved into the surface. Kapa, or Hawaiian barkcloth, comes in a variety of textures, colors and patterns. Texture and watermarked patterns are added to kapa during its production by beating the barkcloth with carved kapa beaters.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
6.00 (small paper label outlined in red with "6.00" and indepherable letters underneath the number)
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
carving and carving techniques
wood (plant material)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Places
Hawaii (United States)
Descriptive terms
Beater
carving and carving techniques
tapa (bark cloth)
textile working equipment
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
1 5/8 x 1 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.957
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170441

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