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Shoulder Cloth

Native NameKapa
Object Number:97-120-358
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Hawaiian
Provenience: Hawaiian Islands
Oahu
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Bark Cloth
Pigment
Oil
Technique:Beaten
Dyed
Painted
Length: 206 cm
Width: 133 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1997
Other Number:L-120-358 - Old Museum Number
4492 - ANSP Number

Description

Brown with groups of black stripes of varying breadth, some thick yellow stripes. Oiled. Possibly made from mamaki (Pipturus sp.) (Kaeppler). Man’s shoulder cloth (kihei) (Ka Hana Kapa) or top layer of sleeping tapa (kapa moe) (Kaeppler). Acquired by the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) by Titian R. Peale. “Waterproof dress [garment] of oiled ‘tapa.’ Male attire.” on Peale list. Ka Hana Kapa #398.

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