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Bark Cloth

Table Mat (uncertain)

Object Number:2003-33-29
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Samoa Islands
Length: 114 cm
Width: 94 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Other Number:1995.X.16473 - Other Number
CIVIC1995.X.16473 - Other Number


Round bark cloth with dark brown overpainting and scalloped edge. Bold, freepainted design (siapo mamanu) which became popular after the 1920s.


[Book] Pendergrast, Mick, and Neich, Roger. 1997. Pacific Tapa.. University of Hawai'i Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 30 (bottom)View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] Pritchard, Mary J. 1984. Siapo: Bark Cloth Art of Samoa.. American Samoa Council on Culture, Arts, and Humanities. General ReferenceView Objects related to this General Reference
[Book] Kooijman, Simon. 1972. Tapa in Polynesia.. Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Vol. Bulletin 234. General ReferenceView Objects related to this General Reference

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