American Samoa (not certain), Samoa (not certain) / United States (not certain), Polynesia
1838 to 1842
BARK CLOTH PAINTED FREEHAND OVER MAINLY LIGHT REDDISH-BROWN SURFACE WITH DARKER REDDISH-BROWN BORDERS WHICH ARE OUTLINED IN BLACK LINES AND TRIANGLES. THE CENTRAL PORTION OF THE TAPA HAS BLACK OUTLINED DESIGNS IN THE SHAPE OF TRIANGLES AND HOUR GLASS MOTIFS. HAS ORIGINAL PEALE TAG; ALSO OLD SHIPPING LABEL READS, "B[ARRE]L. NO. 1 TAPA FROM SAMOA NOV 1839 RECD JUNE 18, 1840 VIA BOSTON [SHIP]". THIS OBJECT WAS ON PERMANENT EXHIBIT IN NMNH PACIFIC CULTURES EXHIBIT HALL 8, CASE 9, FROM 1962 - 2005. EXAMINED AND SAMPLED BY KENNETH P. EMORY, BISHOP MUSEUM, JUNE 1941.
FROM CARD: "GLAZED REDDISH BROWN ALL OVER ONE SURFACE, WITH ISOLATED BLACK DESIGNS. SMALL SAMPLE TAKEN BY K. P. EMORY. (ALL ABOVE INFORMATION GIVEN BY K. P. EMORY, BISHOP MUSEUM, HONOLULU, 6/24/41.)"
Large square sheet of bark cloth made in two distinct layers. Front is covered with a brown glaze and freehand design in black over the glaze. Reverse has distinct parallel indented lines, occasionally crossing over. Native repairs to branch holes visible throughout. Very fine sand embedded into cloth in one area. One corner cut off.