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Tapa

2006.44.3635 (RS164582)

Description

Small Tahitian tapa (ahu) fragment decorated with red fern design, back side is unadorned. Tahitian tapa designs frequently used leaf or fern fronds dipped in dye and pressed against the tapa. Tapa is a cloth made from the inner bark of trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as other secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Material
tapa (bark cloth)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
2 x 3 1/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3635
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
270928
Reference Notes
Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Vol III, 1911. On Google Play.

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