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cape

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,HAW.140

  • Description

    Cape made of netted olona fibre netting on which are attached iiwi (red) and oo (yellow) feathers and cocks' feathers. The red and yellow feathers form two longitudinal bands at the neckline. At the lower corners are loops of plaited olona fibre cord, at the upper corner are fibre ties.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 66 centimetres (neck)
    • Width: 117 centimetres
    • Length: 54 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Labelled: 'Not illustrated in Brigham'

    Old label: 'Sandwich Isles. Dup. BM.'Description in bound volume of registration slips of the Hawaiian collection, written by James Edge Partington(?) in the 19th century:
    Hawaii HAW 140 B.M.
    Feather cape of olona netting on which are sewn red (iiwi) & yellow (oo) feathers & cock’s feathers. The coloured feathers form two longitudinal bands at the neck: entwined into 2 long. down sides – red outer-
    The rest of the cape is covered with cock’s feathers. At the lower corners are loops of plaited olona cord, at the upper, tags.
    L. 35”
    B. 18”

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  • Bibliography

    • Kaeppler 2011 P. 121 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquisition details unknown. In the collections of the British Museum pre 1900.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,HAW.140

  • Additional IDs

    • N.N. 1
    • Oc????D6.140 (old CDMS no.)
    • Oc1982,Q.745
Feather cape with netted vegetable fibre backing. Main part covered with long dark brown (cocks' feathers). Neckline decorated with red and yellow feathers.

Feather cape with netted vegetable fibre backing. Main part covered with long dark brown (cocks' feathers). Neckline decorated with red and yellow feathers.

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