Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-270909

Description

Fragment of white Tahitian tapa decorated with black flecks in an irregular striped pattern. Tahitian tapa is called "ahu." 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 for other secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E3156

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

7 1/4 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3632

Reference Notes

Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Vol. III, 1911. Entire journal article on Google Play. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en