- Museum number
Feather-tassel girdle (maro?) made of brown, fairly coarse barkcloth, with eight pendants of glossy green-black and purple-black cock feathers. Bunches of frigate bird feathers at top and ends of pendants. Chipped white feathers at the top of each pendant. One tassel has a band of long, thin red-dyed chicken feathers. Feathers are attached to a central string of vegetable fibre.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1890)
Length: 75 centimetres (tassel)
- Curator's comments
Featured in the photograph Oc,A69.30 in an album in the pictorial collection.
The album's caption reads:
30. Mourner's feather tassels and string belt. Tahiti.
The red-dyed chicken feathers, may have been some of those dyed in Britain in the eighteenth century for trade in Polynesia.
Comment from Tara Hiquily, curator, Musée de Tahiti et ses Îles, during a visit to the museum storehouse, 19 June 2008: may have been for a dancer. He has not seen early examples of red-dyed chicken feathers before.’
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1911C27.85 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1890,Loan (originally loaned to BM in 1890 by LMS)