Tapa cloth

South Pacific
19th–20th century


Object Place: South Pacific

Dimensions

Overall: 145.4 cm (57 1/4 in.) Other: 175.3 cm (69 in.)

Accession Number

63.185

Medium or Technique

Beaten inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, natural plant dyes and resins, pigment. Freehand painted.

On View

Arts of Asia, Oceania, and Africa Gallery (Gallery 177)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Panel or hanging. Dark brown and lighter brown pigment painted on surface in a geometric pattern. Top and bottom cut in pointed scallops. Worn and torn in several places.

Provenance

1963, bequest of Helen S. Coolidge, Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 13, 1963)

Credit Line

Bequest of Helen S. Coolidge