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Bark cloth (maro)

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Women in the Lake Sentani and Teluk Yos Sudarso areas traditionally produced maro, or cloths, from different kinds of bark, to which men applied earth pigment designs. Married women wore them as loin cloths, and maro were also displayed on mortuary structures. Additionally, Teluk Yos Sudarso...

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Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1991. Purchased from Wayne Heathcote, New York, October 1983. Ex-collection of Artists Lefevre, Paris.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Oceanic, Teluk Yos Sudarso, Papua Province, Indonesia, early 20th century

Object Place for Label

Indonesia, Papua Province


130 x 64 cm (51 x 25 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bark cloth, pigment


Africa and Oceania