Cloth made of bark. Single layer of dense, fine white barkcloth, with parallel lines (in multiple directions) from the grooves of the beater used to work the cloth.
- Found/Acquired: Marquesas Islands
- (Oceania,Polynesia,French Polynesia,Marquesas Islands)
- Length: 186 centimetres (appx)
- Width: 180 centimetres (appx)
Label attached to cloth:
'Tappa from the Marquesas Islands
made on the occasion of the visit
of Governor Petit in 1900 or 1901.
Given me [initials] Charlier [?]. Papeete.'
Governor Édouard Georges Théophile Petit (b. 1856 - d. 1904) was in power from 1901 to 1904.British Museum register, 1954:
(following an entry for a plain white cloth from Pitcairn) '320 Another similar, rectangular piece of plain white no designs. L.78"
Wellcome Mus No. 234124
'Tappa from the Marquesa Islands made on the occasion of the visit of Governor Peti in 1900 or 1901."
Old label, handwritten : 'Tapa from the Marquesas Islands made on the occasion of the visit of Governor Petit in 1900 or 1901.'
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Object reference number: EOC22204
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