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barkcloth sample

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1938,1001.81

  • Description

    Decorated barkcloth, roughly rectangular, with serrated edges, painted with dark brown vegetable dye with flower and plant motifs within a grid pattern divided into four bands.

  • Date

    • 1892 (pre)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 236 centimetres
    • Width: 199 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Register information, label:- 'Mat of TAPA (the inner bark of tree prepared by hammering), stained with TUI-TUI nut. J.K.B. Lister, 1891.'See John Pule and Nicholas Thomas, 'Hiapo: Past and present in Niuean barkcloth, Dunedin, University of Otago Press, 2005, p.124

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1938

  • Acquisition notes

    Register reads, for collection Oc1938,1001 as a whole: Given by Miss E. K. B. Lister, 11 Western Terrace, Falmouth. / Collected by the donor's father and brother (in whose memory they are given).

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1938,1001.81


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