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Tapa

2006.44.3664 (RS170347)

Description

Irregularly-shaped Tahitian tapa (ahu) fragment with stamped fern designs in red-brown ink. Tan ground is embossed throughout with typical Tahitian small, tightly-spaced parallel lines. Fragment was cut from a larger piece. Made in Tahiti, where tapa is known as ahu. The ahu is made of at least two layers, and is heavy and thick but very soft. Tapa, or ahu in Tahiti, is fabric 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)
Dimensions
17 1/2 x 21 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3664
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271956
Reference Notes
full digital version on Google Play

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