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barkcloth

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1953,+.3

  • Description

    Rectangular sheet of barkcloth (hiapo in Niue) decorated in dark brown ink with designs in square panels, primarily combined plant and geometric forms. One panel depicts a European woman in bonnet and crinoline dress, mid-nineteenth century style.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 228 centimetres
    • Width: 186 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See: Kooijman, Simon 'Tapa in Polynesia' 1972, Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, p.295,fig.278.
    See John Pule and Nicholas Thomas, 'Hiapo: Past and present in Niuean barkcloth', Dunedin, University of Otago Press, 2005, p.107
    Found unnumbered in collections; apparently unregistered. Register addition "Niue".Register 1953
    Rectangular sheet of barkcloth. Scalloped edges, pattern in black in square panels including a European woman in the dress of the 1860s (?).
    [Niue] W. Pacific.

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  • Bibliography

    • Kaeppler 2008 p. 101 bibliographic details
    • Brunt et al, 2012 p.290 bibliographic details
    • Newell 2011 pp. 128-129 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2013-2014 Oct-April, Cologne, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Made in Oceania: Tapa – Art and Social Landscapes

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquisition details unknown.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1953,+.3

  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1953Q2.3 (old CDMS no.)
Rectangular sheet of barkcloth decorated in dark brown ink with designs in square panels, primarily combined plant and geometric forms. One panel depicts a European woman in bonnet and crinoline dress, mid-nineteenth century style.

Rectangular sheet of barkcloth decorated in dark brown ink with designs in square panels, primarily combined plant and geometric forms. One panel depicts a European woman in bonnet and crinoline dress, mid-nineteenth century style.

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