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Bark Cloth

Object Number:97-120-707A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Futuna (uncertain)
Horne Islands (uncertain)
Tahiti
Society Islands (uncertain)
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Bark Cloth
Pigment
Length: 158 cm
Width: 98 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1997
Other Number:L-120-707A - Old Museum Number
10577 - ANSP Number

Description

Natural color bark cloth with fine all-over black geometric patterning: bands of cross-hatched lines and small black squares, blocks of rows of concentric circles, etc. Border of oiled dark brown/black. Made of paper mulberry (Broussonetia sp.) Collected on the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) by Titian R. Peale. “Table cover” on Peale list. A cluster of perfectly round stains, such as could have been made by the bottom of a wet tankard, suggest that this may have been used on shipboard as a tablecloth. Very similar to 97-120-707B: two fragments of a layered piece?

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