- Museum number
Cloak made of olona fibre, red 'i'wi, yellow 'o'o and black cock's feathers.
- Production date
Height: 145.50 centimetres
Width: 226 centimetres (approx)
Depth: 2.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
See A.L. Kaeppler, 'Hawaiian art and society: traditions and transformations' in A. Hooper and J. Huntsman (eds), 'Transformations of Polynesian culture, Auckland, The Polynesian Society, 1985, Memoir No. 45
'At leat two long feathered cloaks now in the British Museum appear to also derive from Cook's Hawaiian visit, although they can only be associated with his voyage by circumstantial evidence, having probably belonged to Captain Clerke (second in command on Cook's voyage who took over after Cook's death and himself died on the voyage). Clerke left his collection to Sir Joseph Banks and this collection must have formed the nucleus of Banks' gift to the British Museum on November 1780...I suggest that the long cloak of dark feathers with red and yellow triangles at the edges was given to Clerke by Kaneoneo, chief of Kaua'i.'
A magnificient feathered cloak from Hawaii, probably given by Kaneoneo, chief of Kaua'i, to Captain Clerke in 1778 during Cook's third voyage (not exhibited). Cloaks were both high-status robes and important exchange valuables. Fibre, red' i'iwi, yellow 'o'o and black cock's feathers.
Description in bound volume of registration slips of the Hawaiian collection, written by James Edge Partington(?) in the 19th century:
Feather cloak (ahūūla) formed of a groundwork of olona fibre netting on which the feathers are sewn. This cloak consists chiefly of black cocks feathers with an edging round the neck and down the sides of iiwi & oo feathers. Pattern in triangles formed of iiwi feathers.
L. 5’ 9”
W. 5’ 9”
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018-2019, 29 Nov-4 Aug, London, BM, G91, Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific Perspectives
- Acquisition date
- 1780 (?)
- Acquisition notes
- Registration slip does not record acquisition details.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc????D6.134 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Brigham 25 (Catalogue number)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1978,Q.842