Barkcloth with blue painted design
- Made in: Roviana
- (Oceania,Melanesia,Solomon Islands,New Georgia group,New Georgia Island,Roviana)
- Found/Acquired: New Georgia Island
- (Oceania,Melanesia,Solomon Islands,New Georgia group,New Georgia Island)
Illustrated in colour in Jenny Balfour-Paul, 'Indigo', London, British Museum Press, 1998, p.118
See R. Richards and K. Roga, 'Not quite extinct: Melanesian bark cloth ('tapa') from western Solomon Islands', Paremata, Paremata Press, 2006, pp.45-47Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA COLLECTED IN SIMBO (Eth.Doc.1096) reads:
2 buga. Made in Rubiana. Made from the bark of a tree whose name was not known to my informant. The dye is made from epa leaf. The design marked is patu sambau
Field collection number: W882.Ref.T.
4 pieces to BM
Indigo, a blue to dye for
Whitworth Art gallery, Manchester 20 Jan to 15 April 2007
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery 19 May to 1 Sept 2007
Brighton and Hove Museum and Art Gallery 29 Sept 2007 to 6 Jan 2008
25 September 2006
Reason for treatment
Remove/reduce sharp creases.
Object is in stable condition. Deep creases from past storage are present.
To remove the creases, the barkcloth was lightly humidified from below (the unpainted side). A layer of cotton lawn dampened with de-ionised water was put on top of a polythene sheet. A second layer of dry cotton lawn was placed on top. On top of that, a layer of Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate) was placed. The textile was put on top of the Goretex and then covered with a polythene sheet. When the fibres relaxed, the polythene was removed and glass weights were put on top of the creases to ease them out. This was repeated a second time and then the object was dried under light tension (glass weights placed around the perimeter) and directly on the creases.
Gerald C Wheeler was an anthropologist who researched in Solomon Islands in 1908 to 1909 on an expedition with W. H. R. Rivers and A. M. Hocart. He began on Simbo but spent most of his time on Alu. He gave collections of artefacts to the British Museum in 1927, registered as Oc1927.0310 and Oc1927.1003 and documented in Eth Doc 1096.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- 2 (Wheeler catalogue (Simbo) in Eth Doc 1096)
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Object reference number: EOC30744
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