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Donor Name:
United States Exploring Expedition  Search this
Length - Object:
180 cm
Width - Object:
143 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:
PEALE NO. 1004. BARK CLOTH PAINTED FREEHAND WITH TWO WIDE REDDISH-BROWN BORDERS, AND A CENTRAL PORTION IN A LARGE CHECKER-BOARD DESIGN WITH SQUARES RANGING 25 CM. X 23 CM. IN SIZE AND PAINTED IN A LIGHT BROWN AND BLACK. THE WATERMARK IS COARSE, AND CONSISTS OF WIDE PARALLEL LINES. AN OLD GLUED ON SHIPPING LABEL READS, "B[ARRE]L NO 1, TAPA FROM SAMOA, NOV 1839 RECD JUNE 18-1840 VIA BOSTON [SHIP]". EXAMINED BY KENNETH P. EMORY, BISHOP MUSEUM, JUNE 1941.
Tapa E3439 appears to have been misnumbered 3429 at one point, as the card for 3423-3431 has a section describing tapa Peale number 1004, calling it 3429; this description follows: "Orig. 1004. Tapa, heavy, coarse, large black & brown squares, glazed. 66" x 104". Orig. label pasted on: Bc [sic, should be Bl] No. 1 Tapa from Samoa, Nov. 1839, Rcd. Janre [sic, should be June] 18, 1840." Squares are 7 to 8 inches across. (This data supplied by Emory, 6/24/41) - K. P. Emory"
Two layer thick bark cloth. Evident beater marks on the reverse, running horizontally, approximate spacing is .125" to .25".
Stored in Pod 4 oversize whole unit. Advance arrangements are needed for access.
Record Last Modified:
14 Sep 2016
Specimen Count:
1
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
66A00050
USNM Number:
E3439-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/346fe4629-b5f0-4470-9514-b91ef0b44acb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8402144