Unidentified Samoan maker


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collected 1838-1842

Bark, freehand painted and rubbed

Overall: 31 7/8 × 18 7/8 in. (81 × 48 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Acquired in an exchange from the Smithsonian Institution



Place Made: Samoa, Polynesia, Oceania

Place Made: Western Samoa, Polynesia, Oceania


19th century

Object Name

Textile: Tapa

Research Area


Not on view

Course History

Studio Art 77.01, Senior Seminar II, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2023

Studio Art 77.02, Senior Seminar II, Jen Caine, Spring 2023


Collected by the U.S. Exploring Expedition (Peale no.1017),1838-1842; transferred by order of the United States Congress to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.(no. 2983), 1857; acquired by the Dartmouth College Museum, Hanover, New Hampshire, in an exchange, 1880's; catalogued, 1913.

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