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siapo (bark cloth)
  • Samoan peoples
  • siapo (bark cloth), late 1800s–1904
  • Where object was made: American Samoa
  • paper mulberry bark, paint
  • Object Length/Width: 186 x 141 cm
    Object Length/Width: 73 1/4 x 55 1/2 in
  • Gift of George O. Hood
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3600

The very large rectangle of bark cloth is decorated with four wide rows of geometric designs separated by thin rows. The wide rows are defined with dark brown lines and have areas within defined by dark brown and 2-4 solid dark brown circles. Each row is decorated with designs done in short brown marks. The edge row and second from other edge row is decorated with chevrons, diagonal lines, and rows of triangles. The other two wide rows have a dark brown zigzag for the length. The light brown zigzags mimic that form. The outer two narrow rows are diamonds with scallops inside and diagonal lines filling the negative space between the diamonds. The middle narrow row is rows of triangles alternating with two large triangles formed by many diagonal lines.