Headdress of flicker feathers

From California, North America
Early 19th century AD

The headdress is made with flicker feathers placed alternately quill to tip, and strung with two shell discs at one end. This type of decoration was widely used in central California, for instance by the Miwok. This may be the earliest example.

It was collected by Edward Belcher, perhaps on HMS Blossom, with F.W. Beechey, probably on visits to San Francisco or Monterey, in 1826 and 1827.

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J.C.H. King, First peoples, first contacts: (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)


Length: 71.000 cm

Museum number

AOA 8182


Gift of Sir A.W. Franks


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