- Museum number
Cape of olona fibre netting, trapezoidal in shape, with a barkcloth band at the upper edge. On the barkcloth band are red feathers still attached to bird skin, these feathers are thought to be Iiwi feathers. On the outer edges of the barkcloth band are yellow feathers, which are thought to be either mamo or ōʻō feathers. The lower part of the cape is covered with white feathers which are a species of tropic bird, and the lower edge is fringed with black and brown chicken feathers. Coconut fibre on the ties.
- Production date
- 18thC (before 1795)
Height: 44 centimetres
Width: 115 centimetres
Depth: 1.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
British Museum registration slip, written in 1891?:
Tippet of cock's feathers. The lower edge is bordered with brown and black feathers. In the centre is a broad longitudinal band of white: above this is a narrow band of black, & finally a broader band of small scarlet parrot feathers amongst which are a few yellow. This upper band is in a very dilapidated condition. Along the upper edge is a cord of plaited olona with loose tags, & down the sides run similar cords, one terminating in a loop.
M.S. Cat. 57
Kaeppler 'Artificial Curiosities...', p.63 lists as being from Cook's voyages on the basis that it was formerly in the collections of the Leverian Museum.
Information from a visit by Adrienne Kappler of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Julian Hume from the Natural History Museum, who came to look at four Hawaiian feather capes: The white feathers on this cape are longer than on Oc,HAW.138, Oc1988,Q.1 and Oc1982,Q.747. They are from a seabird, like a gull, compact plumage. It is also postulated that the yellow feathers are from the bird Ōʻō (Moho nobilis), which is now extinct.
- 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 on George Vancouver's voyage to Hawaii and the NW coast of North America 1791-1795 (?) or on the Cook voyages, likely the third voyage 1776-1780 (see curatorial comment).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1891C25.234 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: 57 (Hewett manuscript catalogue)