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Object ID 13415
Object Name Beater (tool)
Other Name Pattern club for tapa cloth
Other Stanford number 93.1082
Material Organic; Vegetal; Wood
Description Wooden tapa cloth beater, rectangular profile with linear carving on the faces. The shape suggests the beature was used in an intermediate to late stage of processing. Each face is carved differently for different stages in processing. Wide linear is coarse stage of spreading fibers. Narrow linear is later, finer stage of spreading fibers. And the gridded side is a watermark, applied last and particular to the maker. Museum records state this item is from Samoa, but expert opinion describes this style of carved/watermarked beater as distinctly Hawaiian.
Date unknown
Culture Samoan
Found Oceania; Hawaii?/Samoa?
Collector Soper. Col. J.H.
Collection Anthropology; Oceania
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