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Pictorial tapa

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Polynesian artists, as well as those of other populations of Oceania, create paintings on barkcloth called tapa or on wood. Barkcloth is made of the inner bark of the mulberry tree and sometimes the bark of hibiscus. The bark is first soaked in water to become white. The small strips are joined...

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In 1961, a high ranking official presented this work to Governor Carlton Skinner (1913-2004) on occasion of his visit to Wallis Island.

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner

Wallis Island, Polynesia, mid to late 20th century

Object Place

Wallis Island


Overall: 80.3 x 322 cm (31 5/8 x 126 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pounded bark cloth with pigment


Africa and Oceania