Barkcloth Mat

Unidentified Tongan maker


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about 1987

Paper mulberry bark, natural pigments

Sheet (Irreg.): 83 7/8 × 73 7/16 in. (213 × 186.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of the Estate of Celia Ehrlich



Place Made: Tongatapu Island, Tonga, Polynesia, Oceania


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed on reverse, six inches from top, right of center, in dark brown pigment: UIM

Course History

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

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

Exhibition History

Polynesian Tapa: Decorated Barkcloth from Tonga and Samoa, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Robert Welsch, Anthropology 38, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 23-November 28, 2004.


Collected by Celia Ehrlich, Tongatapu Island, about 1987; Estate of Celia Ehrlich; given to present collection, 2005.

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