Photo: Kapa with cosmetic sponges

The surface was so covered in soot that these cosmetic sponges turned black! The note in the photo says that this kapa moe was presented by a missionary in the year 1834 or 1835. Artists in Hawaiʻi, kapa moe, before 1834, pigment on plant fiber. Museum purchase, 1963. Peabody Essex Museum. E39527. – Photo: Hattie Hapai