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siapo (bark cloth)
  • Samoan peoples
  • siapo (bark cloth), late 1800s
  • Where object was made: American Samoa
  • paper mulberry bark, paint
  • Object Length/Width: 176 x 136 cm
    Object Length/Width: 69 1/4 x 53 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3601

The large rectangle of bark cloth has one wide strip at the shorter end that is minimally decorated, with a few short lines and two squiggled lines. The remainder of the cloth is covered with geometric designs in a red-brown. Rows of concentric diamonds and a herringbone pattern are separated by very narrow rows of triangles, leaving a visible field-colored zigzag.