Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271984

Description

Rectangular tapa fragment. thick, stiff cloth with a highly decorated front side of black geometric designs on a turmeric based yellow-orange ground, plain back. Front decoration divided into five rectangles, each outlined with a black line and filled with different patterns of chevrons, diamonds, and star shapes. This fragment was cut from a larger sample. 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 secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses. This fragment is from the Santa Cruz Islands, probably Nendo, where tapa is known as lepau.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Inscription

"55" and "Tucopia" (handwritten in pencil )

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

20 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Chariable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3668

Reference Notes

full digital copy available on Google Play