Rare Decorated Barkcloth Sample, Hawaiian Islands
Lot 59
Rare Decorated Barkcloth Sample, Hawaiian Islands
Sold for US$ 4,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Rare Decorated Barkcloth Sample, Hawaiian Islands
kapa
Inner bark of the mulberry plant, pigments
height 18in (45.7cm)

PROVENANCE
United States Exploring Expedition 1838-1842
Springfield Art Museum, Massachusetts (Acquisition No. 1449 on verso)
Private Collection, East Coast

"In old Hawaii, tapa production reached a level of refinement and variety unsurpassed in any other culture of the Pacific. Unfortunately, Hawaiian culture also suffered greatly from the early impact of European penetration so that by the later nineteenth century the art of Hawaiian tapa making had become extinct. Consequently, most Hawaiian tapa is now only found in earlier museum collections..." (Niech, 1997: p. 91)
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