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tapa (bark cloth)
  • Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) peoples
  • tapa (bark cloth), late 1800s–1987
  • Where object was made: Hawaii, United States
  • bark cloth, pigment
  • Object Length/Width: 139 x 142.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 54 3/4 x 56 1/8 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6960
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The square bark cloth is divided into nine squares. The squares along one edge have two stems with leaves. The other six squares alternate between six pointed stars and crown shapes. The vertical dividers are geometric shapes and the horizontal dividers are small leaf-like shapes.