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Helmet (mahiole) made of yellow, red and black feathers, 'ie'ie vine and olona fibre netting. Red i'iwi or apapane feathers (?), yellow and black O'o or Mamo (?) feathers.
- Production date
Height: 5 centimetres (of the crest)
Height: 28 centimetres
Width: 7 centimetres (of the crest)
Width: 14.50 centimetres
Depth: 21.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Registration slip information, written in 1891:
Wicker helmet of Greek form with raised longitudinal ridge of considerable breadth. The top of the ridge is covered with yellow feathers, the sides with black, while the sides of the helmet itself are red. The curves at the bottom, made to fit over the ears are edged with a narrow border of black feathers.
M.S. Cat 40
Description from bound volume of registration slips of Hawaiian artefacts, written by James Edge Partington(?) in the 19th century:
Helmet of Greek form made of wickerwork constructed of the aerial roots of the ieie (arnottii) worn by chiefs on particular occasions. The top of the ridge is covered with yellow feathers & the sides with black, while the sides of the helmet itself are red. The curves for the ears are bordered with black feathers. Possibly the crest is derived from the fashion of dressing the hair.
Images include 35mm photos taken by Ben Burt in 1968 before and after conservation.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1975 – 1985 12 Dec-23 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Hawaii
1986-1987 12 Jun-4 Jan, The Vancouver Museum, Captain George Vancouver: A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World, 1791-1795
2011 Feb-May, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Basketry: Making Human Nature
2015-2016 29 Aug-10 Apr, San Francisco, DeYoung Museum, Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali'I
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected on George Vancouver's voyage to Hawaii and the NW coast of North America 1791-1795.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1891C25.235 (old CDMS no.)