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Donor Name:
United States Exploring Expedition  Search this
Length - Object:
164 cm
Width - Object:
105 cm
Culture:
Samoan  Search this
Object Type:
Barkcloth
Place:
American Samoa (not certain), Samoa (not certain) / United States (not certain), Polynesia
Accession Date:
1858
Collection Date:
1838 to 1842
Notes:
PAINTED BARK CLOTH WITH A SLIT IN THE CENTER. PRESUMABLY WORN LIKE A PONCHO, KENNETH P. EMORY (BISHOP MUSEUM), REFERRED TO IT AS A "TIPUTA," THE SAMOAN NAME FOR THIS GARMENT. THE DESIGN IS ALTERNATING BROAD BANDS OF LIGHT AND DARK REDDISH BROWN WITH BANDS OF BLACK TRIANGLES ARRANGED POINT TO POINT RESEMBLING BOW-TIES. THE REVERSE OF THE GARMENT SHOWS PARALLEL LINES, INDENTED INTO THE FABRIC AND SLIGHTLY COLORED FROM THE PAINT WHICH SEEPED THROUGH FROM THE DECORATED SIDE. HAS ORIGINAL PEALE TAG; AND PATENT OFFICE LABEL, "B[ARRE]L. NO 1, TAPA FROM SAMOA NOV 1839 RECD JUNE 18, 1840 VIA BOSTON [SHIP]". EXAMINED AND SAMPLED (A SMALL SQUARE) BY KENNETH P. EMORY, BISHOP MUSEUM, JUNE 1941. EXHIBITED MAGNIFICENT VOYAGERS, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, 1985-86.
FROM CARD: "TIPUTA. SLIT 12" LONG IN MIDDLE, PLAIN SLIT. ORIG. LABEL: "BL. NO. 1, TAPA FROM SAMOA, NOV. 1839, RECD. JUNE 18, 1840, VIA BOSTON". SMALL SAMPLE TAKEN BY K.P. EMORY, BISHOP MUSEUM, WHO ALSO GAVE US THIS INFORMATION, 6/24/41."
Triangle designs identified as trochus shell design by Regina Meredith of American Samoa, siapo (tapa) maker, artist, and teacher.
Record Last Modified:
28 Aug 2015
Specimen Count:
1
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
66A00050
USNM Number:
E3434-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3a1ebeacf-ae22-4707-9bde-88a94dfecb35
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8402118