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barkcloth sample

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1954,06.320

  • Description

    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.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 186 centimetres (appx)
    • Width: 180 centimetres (appx)
  • Curator's comments

    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
    MARQUESA ISLANDS.
    'Tappa from the Marquesa Islands made on the occasion of the visit of Governor Peti in 1900 or 1901."

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1954

  • Acquisition notes

    Old label, handwritten : 'Tapa from the Marquesas Islands made on the occasion of the visit of Governor Petit in 1900 or 1901.'

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1954,06.320

Barkcloth, rectangular piece of, plain white, no designs.

Barkcloth, rectangular piece of, plain white, no designs.

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