- Museum number
Barkcloth, made from the bark of the Paper Mulberry tree and decorated with plant dyes. The cloth is bisected by a dark vertical line meeting with horizontal bands of geometric shapes towards the wider, bottom end of the cloth. The cloth depicts subjects related to fishing such as bonito fish and frigate birds.
- Production date
- 1900 (Early 1900s.)
Length: 300 centimetres
Width: 69.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
See R. Richards and K. Roga, 'Not quite extinct: Melanesian barkcloth ('tapa') from western Solomon Islands', Paremata, Paremata Press, 2006, pp.44-45
Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA COLLECTED IN SIMBO (Eth.Doc.1096) reads:
2 buga. Made in Rubiana. Made from the bark of a tree whose name was not known to my informant. The dye is made from epa leaf. The design marked is patu sambau
Field collection number: W882.Ref.T.
4 pieces to BM
Broussonetia papyrifera (paper mulberry) identified by museum scientist Caroline Cartwright in October 2014.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 5 Feb-6 Dec, London, BM, G91, Shifting patterns: Pacific barkcloth clothing
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Gerald C Wheeler was an anthropologist who researched in Solomon Islands in 1908 to 1909 on an expedition with W. H. R. Rivers and A. M. Hocart. He began on Simbo but spent most of his time on Alu. He gave collections of artefacts to the British Museum in 1927, registered as Oc1927.0310 and Oc1927.1003 and documented in Eth Doc 1096.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 2 (Wheeler catalogue (Simbo) in Eth Doc 1096)