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Tapa

2006.44.3668 (RS170836)

Description

Rectangular tapa fragment from the Santa Cruz Islands where tapa is known as lepau. Thick, stiff cloth with a highly decorated front side of black geometric designs on a turmeric based yellow-orange ground, plain back. Front decoration divided into five rectangles, each outlined with a black line and filled with different patterns of chevrons, diamonds, and star shapes. This fragment was cut from a larger sample. 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 secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses. This fragment is from the Santa Cruz Islands, probably Nendo.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
"55" and "Tucopia" (handwritten in pencil )
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
20 (H) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3668
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Chariable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271984
Reference Notes
full digital copy available on Google Play

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