Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-272065

Description

Large piece of heavily decorated Samoan tapa cloth, called siapo in Samoa. Intricate decorative pattern covers the surface with frequent overpainting that delineates portions of the pattern. The pattern is made up of triangles, curved hourglass shapes, leaf patterns, chevrons and star-shapes that are placed in repeating rectangles separated by a double line of serrated shapes. Gray-brown in color with dark brown overpainting. Made using an upeti, or pattern tablet. Siapo is fabric made from the inner bark of certain trees (usually paper mulberry) and is widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and sleeping covers as well as for other domestic, sacred and ceremonial purposes.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Inscription

"4.00" (small paper label stapled to lower right side)

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

43 x 63 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3675