University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-58-156
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Hawaiian Islands
Date Made: 19th century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1900
Plant Fiber
Length: 37cm
Width: 75cm
Credit Line:Received from various sources, pre-1929


Cape consisting of bundles of yellow, red, and black feathers tied in overlapping rows to a netted foundation made of plant fiber (Touchardia latifollia). Mainly yellow, with single large red crescent and small black and red triangles at the shoulders. Red feathers came from the scarlet honey creeper (Vestiaria coccinea) and a crimson and black honey creeper (Himatione sanguinea). Yellow feathers came from a black honey eater with yellow tufts under each wing (Acrulocercus spp.) or a black honey creeper with yellow feathers above and below the tail (Drepanis pacifica). Aristocratic regalia, worn only by men.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Hall, Henry U. 1923. Two Hawaiian Feather Garments, Ahuula. Vol. XIV, No. 1. 34-46. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pl. IIView Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum. The University Museum Bulletin. 12 (3-4) : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 93, Fig. 28, (below)View Objects cited in this Publication

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