Antique New Guinea Tapa Bark Cloth Beater
Origin: New Guinea, East Sepik Province, Possibly Ramu River region? Provenance: Ex. Collection of Alan Kratz Los Angeles
Period: Early 20th C.
Materials: fire hardened palmwood
Description: This old tapa beater has seen so many generations of use, that the design near the top of the handgrip is worn down (including its raised ridge). There are two shallow holes on the backside. Some minor loss to its waffled surface. It has a dry varied patina on the backside, while its textured front has a rich semi-encrusted patina turning to reddish brown.
Note: The group of 4 tapa beaters in the last photo can be purchased for $2100.
Dimensions: Length 16” (40.5 cm), Width 1 5/8” (4 cm)