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Feather Cape

Object Details

Collection Date
1837
Collector
Rev. Jonathan Cogswell
Donor Name
Mrs. Clementine L. Welling
Notes
From card: "Ground of red feathers of the Iiwi (Vestiaria coccinea) [a.k.a. 'i'iwi or Hawaiian Honeycreeper.] Two centrally located crescents, one crescent under the neck, and a vertical crescent on each side of the front of yellow feathers of the Oo (Acrulocercus nobilis). Band of the same yellow feathers around the entire lower border. Upper border and the two front margins have the base color of the ground (red), alternating with tufts of black feathers. Accompanying this cape is a cylindrical boa of yellow feathers or lei to be worn on the head [number for feather lei is E128386-1]. 23" long. This is apparently the cape numbered 43 in Brigham's "Hawaiian Feather Work" (Bishop Mus. Mem. 1, p. 68 and fig. 84)."
Ahu'ula, feathered cape, olona fiber (Touchardia latifolia), feathers from 'i'iwi (Vestiaria coccinea) and 'o'o (Moho nobilis).
Object was on display in National Museum of Natural History exhibit "Na Mea Makamae o Hawai'i - Hawaiian Treasures", 2004-2005.
Cape on display in National Museum of Natural History exhibit "Objects of Wonder", 2021.
Record Last Modified
30 Sep 2022
Specimen Count
1
Place
Hawaii (Hawaiʻi), United States, Polynesia
Topic
Ethnology
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Data Source
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Accession Number
019116
USNM Number
E128386-0
Object Type
Cape
Length - Object
38 cm
Width - Object
74 cm
168 cm
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/34a5b5748-fbe9-4d20-b274-fb9de9ed9487
Record ID
nmnhanthropology_8334997

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