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Bark cloth (tapa cloth)

Samoan
20th century


Object Place: Samoa, Oceania

Dimensions

Height x width: 34 x 25 in. (86.4 x 63.5 cm)

Accession Number

1985.393

Medium or Technique

Mulberry bark fiber; pigments; pounded, painted

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Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Bark cloth (tapa cloth), per label on reverse: Siutu Dalailua, Itu Salega. Lampule Apulu, Cavaii Samoa, with design of four compartments containing brown and black painted geometric designs on natural ground made from the pounded inner bark of the mulberry tree. Two pieces have been felted together to reinforce weak areas.

Provenance

Gift of Juraku Co., Ltd., Kyoto, to the MFA on June 26, 1985

Credit Line

Gift of Juraku Company, Ltd.