Bark cloth

Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
20th century

Place of Creation: Oro Province, Papua New Guinea


Height x width: 144.8 x 95.3 cm (57 x 37 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Beaten bark and vegetable dyes

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Beige bark cloth with an abstract interwoven line pattern of dark brown and black dyes.


Purchased in Southeast Asia by John R. Davidson, boatswain , U.S.S. Colorado, during search for Amelia Earhart, 1937; Gift to fiancé, Helene Wallace, about 1937; Inherited by daughter, Elizabeth Davidson Lunt; Purchased by donor about 2002; Gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 19, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift of Jeff Spurr in honor of Christaud Geary