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bark beater

Date: 1950 - 1969
Continent: Oceania
Material: wood
Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 1 in. (35 x 3 x 3 cm)
Credit: Gift of Ruth Ketterer Harris
Accession Number: D.T.PO.0153


Comments: Carved wooden tool for beating bark cloth. Shape is an elongated rectangle with four equal sides each measuring 7.5‚Äù x 1.25‚Äù.  Handle is tapered to a rounded point.  Three of the sides are incised with vertical lines.  There are 19, 22, and 25 lines on these sides.  The fourth side has 9 incised zigzag lines (Kooijman fig. 71).  Shape of the handle indicates the tool may be from Hawaii (Kooijman p. 107).

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This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Tapa in Polynesia. , 1972. Page Number: 107-111.

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