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tapa (bark cloth)
  • Fiji
  • tapa (bark cloth), late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Fiji
  • paper mulberry bark, paint
  • Object Length/Width: 91.5 x 61.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 36 x 24 3/16 in
  • Gift of Ann P. Schlager
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1182
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Description

This is a rectangular piece of bark cloth. The center field of brown has four triangles outlined in black with natural "X's" and a natural colored medallion in the center of each. Concentric bands of black are decorated, from inside to out, with natural colored "X's", and the next band of black has a repeat of natural colored "Xs" with a circle at the junction, then a band of brown with natural squiggles. Then there are three more bands of black, one with a three-pronged "X" with a circle at the center, the next with regular "Xs" and finally an outer black band with the three-pronged "X" shape again.