Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271956

Description

Irregularly-shaped Tahitian tapa (ahu) fragment with stamped fern designs in red-brown ink. Tan ground is embossed throughout with typical Tahitian small, tightly-spaced parallel lines. Fragment was cut from a larger piece. Made in Tahiti, where tapa is known as ahu. The ahu is made of at least two layers, and is heavy and thick but very soft. Tapa, or ahu in Tahiti, is fabric made from the inner bark of certain trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

17 1/2 x 21 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3664

Reference Notes

full digital version on Google Play