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Rare Tapa Kapa Sentani Tribal Bark Cloth Abstract Hand Painted Art New Guinea 60 For Sale
You are buying the tapa
loin cloth seen on first 2 pictures
superb geometric motif done to perfection
with stylized animal motifs
fish and insects from the Lake Sentani
region, Irian Jaya, Papua new Guinea. ITEM 60A
large 20,5" x 20". Very detailed, one of a kind, unique tribal art
painting on bark from Irian Jaya
that we collected on the premises. This traditional piece is beautiful in every
way. Highly collectable! The stylized designs have spiritual meaning.
Delightful motifs, great condition. The
Sentani area of Irian Jaya is famous for abstract paintings written or painted
on bark: The bark is peeled off and flattened then painted.
Barkcloth is highly
distinctive, and generally took the form of maro (skirts or loincloths). Some
pieces feature seemingly abstract, highly dynamic interlocked curvilinear
forms, and others hybrid fish-like or lizard-like creatures, often with human
faces. Sentani bark pictures are usually only three colors, black, white and
red. Black is made from charcoal, white from sea-shell, red from Sentani soil.
Sometimes there are natural holes within the bark and the designs.
Tapa, or Bark Cloth, is a
nonwoven fabric decorated with figurative and abstract designs usually applied
by scratching or by painting. The basic clothlike material, produced from the
inner bark, or bast, of certain trees (bark fiber), is made by stripping off the bark,
soaking it, and beating it to make the fibers interlace and to reduce
thickness. The most popular material is the inner bark of the paper mulberry
tree, although breadfruit and fig trees are also used. Hand-painted bark cloth
is limited today primarily to northern , the island of , and parts of .
Spirals symbolize the
swirl of itself or so some claim: Official art developers convinced tribal
leaders to abolish traditional carving rights and restrictions on the use of
motifs, arguing that such concerns were no longer relevant. Among contemporary
bark cloth paintings produced by the Asei islanders of Lake Sentani, one will notice
several unusual pieces clearly combining both Asmat and Sentani motifs. The
Asmat motifs were the 'bipane' (boar tusk nosepiece symbol) and hornbill head
(in brown), a crocodile (either Sentani or Asmat), Asmat human figures that transform
into Sentani spiral motifs called 'fouw' and Sentani fish. Such a fusion is
reminiscent of Batik Irian, yet the use of Asmat motifs by Sentani people for
monetary gain goes against unspoken rules of conduct among many Papuan artists.
fish, including swordfish & sea turtles, are often painted on a piece of
bark cloth from Asei or an other local village from Lake Sentani : Fish and
other water animals were often portrayed on bark cloth since bark cloth has
traditionally been the clothing of the married woman and since, in the Sentani
region, it is mostly women who catch fish. was an old sea inlet which had been
separated from the ocean by a volcanic eruption. This is the reason why sea
fish such as swordfish occur on the cloths. Traditionally, pieces of bark cloth
were painted with patterns such as wavy lines and spirals. The current style,
characterized by separate figures that seem to float freely in space, is
probably a development of the 1920s and ‘30s. Women have created bark cloths paintings
for centuries. The bark is first cleaned by scraping it with a shell.
Thereafter, the outer bark is loosened with beaters and then cut away. The
thinner, inner bark is worked with beaters until the cloth has the right
thickness and dimensions. The cloth is soaked in water, wrung out, and then
hung up in the sun to dry. The painting is man's work.
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Rare Tapa Kapa Sentani Tribal Bark Cloth Abstract Hand Painted Art New Guinea 60: $250