tapa; textile; textile (function unknown); barkcloth; textiles (function unknown)

A square piece of bark cloth, or tapa, most likely part of a larger textile. The ground is made from bark of the paper mulberry tree and the decoration has been crudely painted on using black, brown and yellow pigment. The all-over patterning comprises 30 roughly equal sized squares, infilled with eight-pointed star motifs or four large diamonds, two black, the other two yellow or brown. Two narrow stripes subdivide the patterning. At one edge of the textile the motifs are predominantly yellow.

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