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cloak

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc.1174

  • Description

    Cloak made of feathers attached to vegetable fibre netting.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 72 centimetres (neck - from featherwork card)
    • Width: 283.5 centimetres (from featherwork card)
    • Length: 155 centimetres (from featherwork card)
  • Curator's comments

    See A.L. Kaeppler, "L'Aigle" and HMS "Blonde" The Use of History in the Study of Ethnography', p. 30-31, where Kaeppler attributes the route of this cloak to England as the visit of Liholiho to England. "This cloak is with little doubt the one depicted by John Hayter in his portrait of Boki and Liliha.'
    See W.T. Brigham, 'Hawaiian Feather Work', Honolulu, Bishop Museum Press, 1899, p.64, no. 24
    Brigham description: 'Cloak of iiwi [red] with rhombs of oo [yellow] and a basal border of the same.'

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1860-1869

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc.1174

  • Additional IDs

    • Brigham 24 (Catalogue number)
    • Oc186?C1.1174 (old CDMS no.)
Cloak made of feathers attached to vegetable fibre netting. Brigham description: 'Cloak of iiwi [red] with rhombs of oo [yellow] and a basal border of the same.'

Cloak made of feathers attached to vegetable fibre netting. Brigham description: 'Cloak of iiwi [red] with rhombs of oo [yellow] and a basal border of the same.'

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