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Kapa Stamp

2006.44.3661 (RS170220)

Description

Kapa stamp from Hawaii, or ohe kapala. Thin bamboo strip with incised pattern of three double bands placed on the diagonal, each band incised with five square shapes. Carved into the end of one side. Stamp would be dipped in paint/dye and pressed onto kapa cloth to create a repeated decorative pattern. Old paint/dye residue clearly visible in grooves of stamp. Kapa (the Hawaiian word for tapa), is barkcloth made from the inner bark of certain trees (usually paper mulberry) and widely used throughout the Pacific Islands as clothing and sleeping covers, as well as for secular, sacred and ceremonial uses.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
bamboo (material)
Object type
Written Communication T&E
Descriptive terms
bamboo (material)
Stamp, Marking
stamping (marking)
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
1/4 x 1/8 (WxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3661
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271941
Reference Notes
full digital copy on Google Play

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