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Donor Name:
United States Exploring Expedition  Search this
Length - Object:
182 cm
180 cm
Minimum Width - Object:
32 cm
Maximum Width - Object:
45 cm
Width - Object:
46 cm
Culture:
Hawaiian (Kanaka ʻŌiwi, Kanaka Maoli)  Search this
Object Type:
Barkcloth
Place:
Hawaii (Hawaiʻi), United States, Polynesia
Accession Date:
1858
Collection Date:
1838 to 1842
Notes:
SINGLE SHEET OF FINELY BEATEN, THIN, MUSTARD TAN COLORED BARK CLOTH WITH A RIBBED WATERMARK. IT IS THE APPROXIMATE SIZE OF A TAPA MALO. HAS ORIGINAL PEALE TAG.
FROM CARD: "3483-89. CAT.3489 ORIG. 828 TAPA, SMALL SHEET OF SOFT BROWN MAMAKE TAPA, PARALLEL WATER MARK. HAWAII. SAMPLE TAKEN BY K. P. EMORY, 6/24/41." FROM SECOND CARD: "PIECE OF LIGHT BROWN TAPA."
Narrow rectangular bark cloth of light brown color and soft texture. Moana Eisele, a Hawaiian kapa/tapa maker, conserved this piece. She has the comment, "This looks like mamaki with ho'opa'i finish." One long edge is a finished edge; the other appears to be a scissor cut edge. A two inch rectangle has been cut out from one edge, apparently by Kenneth P. Emory in 1941. A beater mark of narrow parallel lines is visible. Many areas of lighter strands of fiber appear randomly throughout the piece.
Record Last Modified:
1 Jul 2022
Specimen Count:
1
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
66A00050
USNM Number:
E3489-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3e49a2f4f-ad5a-4a77-9ce1-cf1c19dea7d0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8402926