Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-270928

Description

Small Tahitian tapa (ahu) fragment decorated with red fern design, back side is unadorned. Tahitian tapa designs frequently used leaf or fern fronds dipped in dye and pressed against the tapa. 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 other secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Additional Identification Number

E3156

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

2 x 3 1/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3635

Reference Notes

Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Vol III, 1911. On Google Play.