Kapa beater

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-170441

Description

Wooden four-sided kapa (barkcloth) beater, or i'e kuku, from Hawaii. Three sides have ribbed, parallel lines, each side's ribbing having a slightly different width. One side has a regular diamond and triangle design carved into the surface. Kapa, or Hawaiian barkcloth, comes in a variety of textures, colors and patterns. Texture and watermarked patterns are added to kapa during its production by beating the barkcloth with carved kapa beaters.

Details

Descriptive Terms

textile working equipment
tapa (bark cloth)
wood (plant material)
carving and carving techniques
Beater

Inscription

6.00 (small paper label outlined in red with "6.00" and indepherable letters underneath the number)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,128
FD228

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

1 5/8 x 1 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.957

Places

Hawaii (United States)