American Samoa (not certain), Samoa (not certain) / United States (not certain), Polynesia
1838 to 1842
BARK CLOTH PAINTED FREE HAND WITH CENTRAL SECTION BLACK WITH WIDE REDDISH-BROWN BORDERS. THERE IS A LARGE STREAK OF LIGHTER BROWN COLOR IN THE CENTER. THE WATERMARK IS A WIDE STRIPE. HAS PART OF AN ORIGINAL PEALE TAG SHOWING "102-"; ALSO AN OLD SHIPPING LABEL READS, "B[ARRE]L NO 1 TAPA FROM SAMOA NOV 1839 RECD JUNE 18 1840 VIA BOSTON [SHIP]". EXAMINED AND SAMPLED BY KENNETH P. EMORY, BISHOP MUSEUM, JUNE 1941.
FROM CARD [2951-57a]: "CAT. NO. 2956, ORIG. NO. 1020."
FROM CARD : "GLAZED. B1. NO. 1, TAPA FROM SAMOA, NOV. 1839, RECD. JAN. 18, 1840, VIA BOSTON." (THIS INFORMATION GIVEN BY K. P. EMORY, BISHOP MUSEUM, 6/24/41, AND MR. EMORY ALSO TOOK SAMPLE.)"
Rectangular piece of coarse bark cloth with a decorated and glazed surface on the top side. There are dark burgundy colored blocks of colorant on either end and a large block of black colorant in the center with faint evidence of line decoration (made with a pattern or design board) running widthwise across the block. In the center of the black area there is a large oval of a later application of a matte rust-colored colorant, which appears repair-like but of unknown purpose. All edges are uneven and wavering. One corner appears cut as if a small triangular piece was removed (presumably the Emory sample mentioned on the catalogue card).