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Rubbing Tablet

2006.44.1450 (RS110330)

Description

Board made to imprint a pattern rubbed onto bark cloth. Likely from Samoa, Fiji or Tonga. Elongated triangle shape made by sewing coconut and bamboo strips onto pandanus leaves, creating a raised pattern. The barkcloth (siapo in Samoa, masi in Fiji and ngatu in Tonga) is rubbed over the form and colored with dye, creating a repeatable pattern. The rubbing tablet is called upeti in Samoa, kupeti in Fiji and kupesi in Tonga.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Tonga, Fiji or Samoa, Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
coconut (fruit)
coir
leaf (plant material)
Object type
Woodworking T&E
Descriptive terms
coconut (fruit)
coir
leaf (plant material)
Pattern
patterns (guides)
Dimensions
18 1/8 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.1450
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
171405

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