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Sample of tapa cloth and two reed mats brought back by Alex Hood, Master's mate, HMS Resolution, ca. 1774 [realia]
Bib ID 580489
Format ObjectObject [realia]
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Description ca. 1774 
1 cloth, 2 mats : tapa, reed ; 349 x 61.5 cm. or smaller. 
Series

Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK2276.

Summary

The two mats are Tongan. One mat consists of two woven mats sewn together at the edges. The tapa was probably worn as a loin cloth and is sewn together. Dr Adrienne Kaeppler says this is a fine example--Supplied by researcher, 2008.

Biography/History

The word tapa is used by most English speakers and has become the English term for barkcloth. Kapa is the Hawaiian word, ngatu is Tongan and other Polynesian languages have their own term for barkcloth.

Notes

Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK2276.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-135733627

A40005038-A40005046.

Subjects Hood, Alexander, 1758-1798.  |  Matting.  |  Reed (Building material).  |  Tapa.  |  Object -- Tapa.  |  Picture -- Travelling exhibition 1992-1993.
Exhibited Exhibited: Discerning Eye, RNK Collection, Sydney 1992; Melbourne 1992-1993; Cook & Omai: The Cult of the South Seas, NLA 2001.; James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific, Touring Exhibition 2009-2011, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH, Bonn, Germany 28 August 2009-28 February 2010, Kunsthistorisches Museum für Völkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology), Vienna, Austria 10 May-13 September 2010, Historisches Museum, Bern, Switzerland 7 October 2010-13 February 2011; In Cook's wake : tapa treasures from the Pacific, NLA August 2018 - February 2019. 

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