23 June 2010

Siapo

"Siapo, also known as tapa, is one of the oldest Samoan cultural art forms. For centuries Siapo has been passed from generation to generation. Even so, it has fast become a nearly extinct art form. Siapo is not only a decorative art, it is a symbol of Samoan culture." siapo.com

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This Siapo is from their website. 1838-1842 Mamanu. This piece was collected in 1839 on the United States Exploring Expedition visit their site to view more of the collections.
ARTIST: UNKNOWN 1800-1981

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