Barkcloth. The cloth has a geometric design in orange, brown and dark brown pigment. [MJD 06/06/2013]
Place details: OCEANIA MELANESIA? OCEANIA POLYNESIA?. Fiji?. Local Name: Siapo Materials: Bark Cloth Textile Plant / Pigment / ?. Processes: Beaten / Stained / Painted / ?. Weight: Dimensions: L = 2040 mm W = 2020 mm [JP 19/10/2004] Field Collector: Henry Nottidge Moseley, HMS Challenger When Collected: 1884 ? PRM Source: Amabel Nevill Sollas also known as Mrs Henry Nottidge Moseley Acquired: Donated 1924 PRM Image: Collections Digital Reference Photo 05/06/2013
KEYWORD: Barkcloth / CLASS: ?Clothing / ?Dwelling / Barkcloth / ?.
Object description: Barkcloth. The cloth has a geometric design in orange, brown and dark brown pigment. The whole cloth is stained with a orange geometric background. The cloth is divided into sections with brown lines. The cloth has fringed edge. [MJD 06/06/2013]
Accession Book Entry - 'MRS W. SOLLAS Specimens collected by H. N. Moseley chiefly during the expedition of H.M.S. "Challenger". ... - [1 of] 4 Large patterned sheets of bark-cloth, masi, FIJI IDS.'
Added Accession Book Entry - 'Very doubtful if 3 of these are Fijian (G. K. Roth, May 1960) (Statement attached to specimens).'
Added Accession Book Entry - 'Rod Ewins (University of Tasmania) supports this view: in his opinion the specimen with large flowers and blue dye is SAMOAN. 13.3.1986.'
Old Pitt Rivers Museum label - Bark-cloth. FIJI Ids. H.M.S. "Challenger" exped. H. N. Moseley coll. Pres. Mrs. Sollas, 1924 [this label removed for conservation reasons] [JP 19/10/2004]
Other information: It is not clear to which of the four (1924.6.16, 1924.6.17, 1924.6.18, and 1924.6.19) Roth are Ewins were referring. [SHD 24/3/2000; JC 16 8 2002]