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Barkcloth beater tupai

Barkcloth beater tupai

Place: Tahiti & Society Islands
Category: Barkcloth

wood, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 37 cm, Hanover 1854, No. 11

Forster Register B.5: ‘a mallet to turn tree bark into clothes from Otaheiti’.

A somewhat smaller beater that corresponds in form and material largely to Oz 406 but does not feature the latter’s V-shaped carving. It is not as well-preserved as Oz 406 because of several chips in the grooves of the beating surfaces and cracks at the edge of the beating end. Gundolf Krüger

Related artefact

Barkcloth beater tupai, Inv. Oz 406