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Tapa

2006.44.3630 (RS162631)

Description

Tapa fragment, light brown ground with a darker 2 1/2 inch wide band, outlined in dark brown paint, running at an angle across the tapa. Roughly square-shaped, two edges are serrated and two are straight. This piece of tapa was made in Samoa or Tonga. Tapa is called siapo in Samoa and ngatu in Tonga. Tapa is a cloth made from the inner bark of certain trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
tapa (bark cloth)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Accession Number
2006.44.3630
Credit Line
Gift of Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
270857
Reference Notes
Originally published by University of Auckland in 1997

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