- Museum number
Headdress (fau) made of vegetable fibre basketry, covered in black feathers and edged with tropic bird feathers with plaited barkcloth ties.
- Production date
Height: 182 centimetres (crate)
Height: 162.50 centimetres
Width: 122 centimetres (crate)
Depth: 95 centimetres (crate)
- Curator's comments
Registration slip description, written in the 19th century:
'Cook Coll:/ Tahitian Group:/ Hat of very large dimensions of basket work made from tendrils, the centre is cylindrical with an outer covering over one side spreading out at the upper end. Edged with the tail feathers of the tropic bird, the whole showing traces of having been covered with feathers./ Dancing cap called "whow"/ Ulietea Id./ Add. Ms.: 15,508 pl 20/ H:63".'
See Karen Stevenson and Steven Hooper, 'Tahitian fau - Unveiling an enigma' in The Journal of the Polynesian Society, Vol. 116, No. 2, June 2007. The authors express doubts that this is the head-dress depicted in the Benjamin West portrait of Sir Joseph Banks.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1979 – 1980 15 Feb-29 Sept, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Captain Cook in the South Seas
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected during one of Cook's voyages.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc17??D11.9 (old CDMS no.)