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Bark cloth (tapa cloth)

Oceanian
20th century


Object Place: Oceania

Dimensions

Overall: 121.9 x 169.5 cm (48 x 66 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1985.398

Medium or Technique

Mulberry bark fiber, pigments; pounded, painted

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Bark cloth (tapa cloth) with design of checkerboard pattern. Two and one-half comparments subdivided into blocks of geometric and organic designs painted in dark brown on predominantly natural-colored ground made from the pounded inner bark of the mulberry tree; single and double borders repeat the block motifs; one and one-half compartment with a Maltese cross and three circles painted in dark brown on light brown painted ground.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Juraku Company, Ltd.