Classic Samoan Tapa Bark Cloth Beater
Origin: Western Polynesia, Samoa Provenance: Ex. Collection of Alan Kratz Los Angeles
Period: Late 19th- Early 20th century
Materials: Hardwood, residue
Description: This classic tapa beater is well-used and worn. It has a semi encrusted residue patina and is very "heavy" example. It has some loss along its ridges and an old chip near the butt of the handle.
Note: The group of 4 tapa beaters in the last photo can be purchased for $2100.
Dimensions: Height 11.75” (30 cm), Width 3” (7.5 cm)