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Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by reader, Aug 11, 2020.

  1. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    No clue on origin but thought it might be New Zealand or Australia. Looks to be on paper or bark. Only have one photo-apologies. @Taupou @komokwa and others welcome of course. TIA. 73C7C98C-B7EC-4535-A7A4-A124A5CC91DB.jpeg
     
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  2. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Looks like Polynesian tapa cloth (bark cloth). @Taupou will be able to tell you which islands.
     
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  3. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much 2manybooks. I liked it and may go back and grab it.
     
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  4. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    Not Maori, it' actually a piece of tapa cloth (masi, in this case) from Fiji. It's made from the pounded bark stripped from the paper mulberry. The strips are soaked, beaten, and then glued together to form sheets, and then decorated.

    Every island country that makes tapa has their own style and technique that identifies where it's from. Fiji is unique in that their tapa (which they call masi) is decorated with stencils.
     
  5. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    Many thanks Taupou. Always good to learn new things!
     
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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    how large is it?
     
  7. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    Maybe 24”X 18” I didn’t measure. No smaller than that.
     
  8. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    a little on the small side for much age....i'd think.
     
  9. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    Frame was definitely 70s.
     
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