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helmet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1878,1101.585

  • Description

    Helmet made of ie'ie basketry covered with fibre strips. There are traces of feathers on the exterior - especially on the self left side of the cap which has red, black and faded(?) yellow feathers.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • Early 19thC to mid 19thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 33 centimetres
    • Width: 14 centimetres (approx)
    • Depth: 23 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Description from Extracts from the British and Medieval Register 1757-1878, p.305:
    Hawaiian helmet, similar [to Oc1878,1101.584].

  • Bibliography

    • Cox 1988 pp.36-41 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014 23 Apr-1 Aug, Abu Dhabi, Manarat al Saadiyat, History of the World 100 objects PROMISED

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    18 November 2013

    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean vacuum and brush. Check what remains of the feathers and secure if required.

    Condition

    Slightly dirty. Few feathers remaining mainly concentrated on one side of helmet.. Basketry dry and brittle.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned with light brush and vacuum. Few remains of feathers checked and seemed secure,

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1878

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1878,1101.585


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