Two Historically Important Barkcloths, Samoa Islands
Inner bark of the mulberry plant, pigments
approximately 100 by 72in (254 by 182.9cm) and 109 by 70in (276.9 by 177.8cm)
Field collected by Capt. J. Sheridan Fahnestock and Expedition Director Bruce Fahnestock, ca. 1940
Thence by descent
The Fahnestock Expedition collected birds from the South Pacific that are now housed in the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The music recordings, film footage, photographs, and accompanying manuscript documentation assembled by the brothers during the expedition documents music and dance from American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Kangean Islands, and New Caledonia before the large-scale cultural disruptions that followed World War II. It became part of the Library of Congress, American Folklife Center in 1986.
- Please note the correct image for one of the bark-clothes in lot 121 is actually the top left image on page 76 of the printed catalog. The top right image on page 77 is the other cloth in the lot.