Arts of the Pacific Islands
late 19th-mid 20th century
45 1/16 in. (114.5 cm)
framed: 50 3/8 × 54 5/16 in. (128 × 138 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Lillian M. Oakman
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Possibly Tongan. Tapa, late 19th-mid 20th century. Barkcloth, pigment, 45 1/16 in. (114.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lillian M. Oakman, 61.119.32. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.61.119.32_view01.jpg)
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Round tapa cloth broken up into four circular bands of rectangles enclosing two head-on triangles which themselves enclose a series of slanted black lines. Alternating with the rectangular bands is a band enclosing thick, curved yellow and black lines and stylizing brown leaf forms defined by thin black lines; two bands enclose brown and yellow triangles separated by black zig-zag lines. The central portion of the tapa is a black star-shaped form the center of which consists of two yellow head-on triangles surrounding the form are stylized leaves of black and yellow. The stylized plant and geometric forms are typical of tapa decoration in this area.
Condition: Abrasions: center; left-second, third and fourth band; right side-through bands one and two and band four.
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