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Tapa cloth, decorated with brown pigments. Pattern divided into grid, with seven vertical sections and four horizontal; vertical sections alternate between pattern and plain brown colouring. From left, the first section has a plain background; the upper square has two facing triangles in the centre, the next is divided by a leaved vine extending from the lower right to upper left corner, with the number '32' in the upper section, the next square has two triangles as above, the lower section a leaved vine as above, with the number '34' in upper section. The third vertical section depicts an aeroplane in each of the four squares, each with writing along the side: 'EA VAVAI', 'KUINSALOTE', 'KUINSALOTE', 'KUINISALO...'. The fifth section has four elongated diamond shapes arranged horizontally in each square. The seventh section has a row of triangles pointing inwards from the edge of the cloth.
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Length: 199 centimetres
Width: 172.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Queen Salote died in Auckland, New Zealand in 1965. A barkcloth was placed under her coffin for the duration of her flight back to Tonga. The patterns on this barkcloth probably refer to this event.
In Tonga historic events are referenced as motifs on barkcloth, a distinctive cultural practice.
Neich, R. & Pendergrast, M. (2006). Pacific Tapa. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press.
- Not on display
- Creases along fold lines.
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- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by the donor in 1973 from Pago Pago.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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