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Tapa cloth wrapping from god staff
(19th century)

Medium
natural pigments on tapa (barkcloth) (Brussonetia sp.)
Measurements
131.5 × 52.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Accession Number
2000.274
Department
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Mrs Joan Emery, Member, 2000
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Description
The tapa is soft and has a smooth surface, painted with an extremely subtle criss-cross pattern in black and red, decorated with linear striations and bands of colour. The intricacies of the hatched pattern are intensified as cloth is held upright.