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siapo (bark cloth)
  • unknown Samoan maker
  • siapo (bark cloth), late 1800s–1904
  • Where object was made: American Samoa
  • paper mulberry bark, pigment
  • Object Length/Width: 106 x 97 cm
    Object Length/Width: 41 3/4 x 38 3/16 in
  • Gift of George O. Hood
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1858

This is a piece of round bark cloth. It has a center design and three bands of decoration in variations of brown. The center has the intersection of four branches with leaves and four flower-like designs in the negative space. The first band of decoration is a series of striped diamonds. The second band is flower-like decorations. The outermost band is divided into blocks with diamonds inside. Some diamonds are solid, some have thick stripes, and the spaces around the diamonds have thin stripes.