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Beige bark cloth with an abstract interwoven line pattern of dark brown and black dyes.


Purchased in Southeast Asia by John R. Davidson, boatswain , U.S.S. Colorado, during search for Amelia Earhart, 1937; Gift to fiancé, Helene Wallace, about 1937; Inherited by daughter, Elizabeth Davidson Lunt; Purchased by donor about 2002; Gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 19, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift of Jeff Spurr in honor of Christaud Geary

Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, 20th century

Place of Creation

Oro Province, Papua New Guinea


Height x width: 144.8 x 95.3 cm (57 x 37 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Beaten bark and vegetable dyes


Textiles and Fashion Arts