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Bark Cloth

Object Number:97-120-708
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tahitian
Provenience: Hawaiian Islands (uncertain)
Tahiti (uncertain)
Society Islands (uncertain)
Date Made: 1839
Early Date: 1839
Late Date: 1839
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Bark Cloth
Technique:Beaten
Length: 539 cm
Width: 214 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1997
Other Number:L-120-708 - Old Museum Number
10578 - ANSP Number

Description

Label: “Made by female convicts, without printing.” Natural color, undecorated. Straight beater marks in the center, triangular beater marks at the edges. Acquired during the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) by Titian R. Peale. “Tapa cloth table cover.” on Peale list. Likely used as table cloth shipboard during the expedition.

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