Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Barkcloth Panel (Masi Kesa)

mid to late 19th century
Barkcloth, pigment
Length 131 in.
Credit Line:
Gift of Adelaide and Edmund Carpenter, 1990
Accession Number:
Not on view
Presented by Samoans to Robert Louis Stevenson, 1890s (d. 1894); by descent to his family; possibly, D. Angus; [a Pasadena, CA, antiques shop]; Peter Furst, California; [David Stuart, Los Angeles, ca. 1967–1968]; Edmund and Adelaide de Menil Carpenter, New York, 1968–1990

Kooijman, Simon Dr. "Tapa in Polynesia." Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin vol. 234 (1972).

Kooijman, Simon Dr. "Traditional Handicraft in a Changing Society: Manufacture and Function of Stenciled Tapa on Moce Island." In Exploring the Visual Art of Oceania: Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesi, edited by Sidney M. Mead. Honolulu, 1979, pp. 363–77.

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