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barkcloth sample

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1952,01.7

  • Description

    Barkcloth sample with groups of three black lines and red lines following in opposite directions.

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 17.5 centimetres
    • Width: 30 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Register 1952
    Hawaii
    (Referring to the whole Oc1952,01 series): A series of barkcloth specimens mostly from Hawaii, acquired in 1861 by the V & A Museum for £7-10-0. The V & A register entry states "cloth made of the inner bark of the 'lace bark tree' and stamped with various patterns ... manufactured by the natives of the South Sea Islands and and collected between the years 1779 and 1789". They were apparently believed to have been collected by Capt. Cook and some pieces correspond closely to those in the volume of Cook tapas; but Cook was killed in February, 1779.'

    In some V&A numbers the date 1860 has been altered in pencil to 1861.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1952

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1952,01.7

  • Additional IDs

    • 7280-1860(1861?) (V&A number)
Register 1952
Barkcloth with groups of three black lines and red lines following in opposite directions.

Register 1952 Barkcloth with groups of three black lines and red lines following in opposite directions.

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