Tapa Cloth and Four Shell and Bead Necklaces, Samoa Islands
tapa: 92 x 50in (234 x 127cm); length of largest necklace 25 1/2in (65cm)
the tapa decorated with floral and geometric designs overall in dark-brown and black pigments.
Captain Wakeman, New York
In 1871, W.H. Webb Shipping Line, New York, sent Capt. Wakeman to Samoa to seek coaling deposits for their routes throughout the Pacific.