Accession No

Z 30477


Description

Red-brown, white and black barkcloth. Good shape. Mainly black and white, "snakeskin" type design with two smallish rectangles of plain red-brown colour towards one end.


Place

Oceania; Polynesia; Fiji; Viti Levu; Navosa province; ?Noikoro district


Period


Source

Knollys.Louis.Frederick's team (field collector); von Hügel, Anatole (Baron) [donor]


Department

Anth


Reference Numbers

Z 30477; 13


Cultural Affliation


Material

Barkcloth; Pigment


Local Term

Toro-a-co [from object label]


Measurements

860mm x 4135mm


Events

Loan (Exhibition)
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, October 15 2016- February 12 2017, Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific
Event Date
Author: maa


Description (CMS Description)
Barkcloth. Red-brown, white and black. Good shape. Mainly black and white, "snakeskin" type design with two smallish rectangles of plain red-brown colour towards one end.
Event Date 1/6/1996
Author: maa


Context (CMS Context)
Catalogue card reads [handwritten in black pen:] 'Z 30477 MELANESIA. FIJI. BARKCLOTH- RED-BROWN, WHITE & BLACK. GOOD SHAPE. 0.79m - 4.12 m.' [and, crossed out:] 'VON HUGEL'. [in another hand:] 'Mainly black and white, "snakeskin" type design with two smallish rectangles of plain red-brown colour towards one end.' A small black & white photograph of the object glued on the card. A small round red sticker pasted to the front of the card. One the back of the card, handwritten in pencil:] 'This piece may come from the NOIKORO district of NAVOSA province, Viti Levu Highlands (Colo). This is suggested by its overall black rubbing unrelieved by white, and the number of lines in the broad bands which are said to be area-specific (said by the elders of Noikoro today). Rod Ewins, 19/2/86."
Event Date 1/6/1996
Author: maa


Context (CMS Context)
This barkcloth was probably collected while Captain Louis Frederick Knollys was at the head of Gordon's troops in the Navosa area and Interior of Viti Levu during the Little War in 1876.
Event Date 2/9/2013
Author: Lucie Carreau


Context (CMS Context)
Labels & inscriptions: diamond-shaped paper label pasted to the back of the barkcloth reads [handwritten in black ink:] '13. Toro-a-co. Kai colo masi much valued for sulus by chiefs. Booty from Na Drau by Capt. Knollys's party.'
Event Date 2/9/2013
Author: Lucie Carreau


Context (CMS Context)
Exhibited: 'Chiefs & Governors: Art and power in Fiji', Cambridge MAA, 30 September 2013 - 13 January 2014
Event Date 25/4/2014
Author: Remke van der Velden


Conservation (Remedial)
CON.2015.2087 | Remedial
Event Date 7/12/2015
Author: rah99


Description (CMS Description)
Barkcloth.
Event Date 7/12/2016
Author: maa


Conservation (Soft Mount )
CON.2016.3516 | Soft Mount
Event Date 22/8/2016
Author: Rachel Howie


Context (Amendments / updates)
While historic provenances included official place names such as Colo East, Colo West etc, the names 'Kai Colo and the anglicanised 'Kai Tholo' are disparaging terms. This was used to refer to groups in the interior, such as 'Colo people', rather than 'Colo', meaning hill or mountain. The closest polite translation is 'hillbillies', but it is/was often used more abusively.
From notes by Professor Nicholas Thomas, 20/7/2020
Event Date 20/7/2020
Author: rachel hand


FM:108714

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