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bark cloth

On display
human history
  • Other Name


  • Description

    large piece of bark cloth. richly decorated. obtained about 1895.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
  • Other Id

    19869 (ethnology)

  • Department
  • Display Room

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  • Display location

    Pacific Lifeways

  • Credit Line
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1934.2, 19869
  • Public Access Text

    This large tapa was gifted to the Auckland Museum over 100 years ago. It is richly decorated with black paint with typical Niuean concentric designs. Contained within a rectangular or circular format, the patterns of Niue barkcloth are very distinctive; abstract shapes and plant forms delicately drawn with fine black lines and usually set in a grid.

  • Cultural Origin
  • Primary Maker
  • Place
  • Date
    Pre 1896
  • Media
  • Measurement Description
    2330 x 2350mm
  • Measurement Reading



  • Classification
  • Last Update
    05 Aug 2021

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