Rubbing Tablet

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-171405

Description

Board made to imprint a pattern rubbed onto bark cloth. Likely from Samoa, Fiji or Tonga. Elongated triangle shape made by sewing coconut and bamboo strips onto pandanus leaves, creating a raised pattern. The barkcloth (siapo in Samoa, masi in Fiji and ngatu in Tonga) is rubbed over the form and colored with dye, creating a repeatable pattern. The rubbing tablet is called upeti in Samoa, kupeti in Fiji and kupesi in Tonga.

Details

Descriptive Terms

patterns (guides)
leaf (plant material)
coconut (fruit)
coir
Pattern

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

FD055

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Tonga, Fiji or Samoa, Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Woodworking T&E

Dimensions

18 1/8 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.1450