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Tiputa (tunic) from Niue

1840/1860

British Museum

British Museum

Tiputa. Decorated tiputa (poncho) made of barkcloth. Made from a single piece of barkcloth, folded over, a neck hole cut and hemmed, and the edges cut in serrated fringes. Painted with reddish-brown vegetable dye with lines of plant and geometric forms meeting in the middle of the front and back panels.

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  • Title: Tiputa (tunic) from Niue
  • Date Created: 1840/1860
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 109 centimetres Width: 79 centimetres (body) Width: 65 centimetres (left-hand fringing) Width: 53 centimetres (right-hand fringing)
  • Provenance: Purchased from Rev Thomas Powell
  • Production place: Niue
  • Copyright: © The Trustees of The British Museum
  • British Museum link: Oc.4252

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