- Museum number
Long, narrow piece of decorated barkcloth, the edges fringed. It is cut at one end. Thin papery consistency, white with patterns in black and red created through rubbing in the central section, with stencilled and painted designs along the edge. Only part has the pattern in two colours, the other end has the compartments printed in red only. A piece (b) has been separated off.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1865)
Length: 57 feet
Width: 80 centimetres (including fringes)
Width: 72 centimetres (without fringes)
- Curator's comments
- Described on registration slip as 'Fine chief's tapa'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 5 Feb-6 Dec, London, BM, G91, Shifting patterns: Pacific barkcloth clothing
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From a collection made in late July or early August 1865 on a cruise of HMS Curacoa around the Pacific, which was divided among Maidstone Museum, the British Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum and Exeter Museum.
Register slip reads:
Presd. by Julius L. Brenchley Esq 24.3.1870 (M.)
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1870C1.6615a (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: 391-399 (Brenchley catalogue)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1870C0324.78
Miscellaneous number: Oc1870E6.23