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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Small piece of barkcloth decorated with stamped designs in black and red pigment.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 63.5 centimetres
    • Width: 30 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Registration slip description, written in 1896?:
    Hawaiian Islands
    Strip of tapa-cloth oblong in shape & cut from a larger piece. The general colour is a brownish red with patterns stamped in black & left in the natural buff colour of the cloth. The patterns, of which there are six, are arranged in seven transverse bands: they consist of a kind of tartan of diagonal zigzag bands in black with buff central lines &c, &c.

    Brought by Captain Cook. On a paper pinned to the tapa is written:
    "a little specimen of native cloth brought home by Captain Cook from the Sandwich Islands, of Owyhee and Otaheite. My dear mother who was very intimate and in some distant way related to the widow of Captain Cook, used to call it "Otaheittee cloth"
    M.J. Adams. 3rd April 1889.
    Mrs M.J. Adams gave the cloth to Mr Tonks


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1979 – 1980 15 Feb-29 Sept, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Captain Cook in the South Seas

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Collected during one of Cook's voyages.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Decorated barkcloth, tapa-cloth.

Decorated barkcloth, tapa-cloth.

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