University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-58-155
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Hawaiian
Provenience: Hawaiian Islands
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 19th Century
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Feather
Plant Fiber
Technique:Featherwork
Length: 138 cm
Width: 272 cm
Credit Line:Received from various sources, pre-1929

Description

Cloak consisting of bundles of yellow, red, and black feathers tied in overlapping rows to a netted foundation made of plant fibers. Mainly red, with wide yellow border at bottom and yellow diamonds arrayed over the entire surface. Feather cloaks ('ahu 'ula) were an essential part of aristocratic regalia in ancient Hawai'i. They were made and worn only by men. The feathers are red - the color of aristocrats and gods - and rare, highly prized yellow, tied in overlapping rows to a foundation of fiber netting.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

In A Rush? Take a Quick Tour of The Museum ( Sep 1996 - Jun 1997) View Objects in Exhibition
Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Hall, Henry U. 1923. Two Hawaiian Feather Garments, Ahuula. Vol. XIV, No. 1. 34-46. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pl. IView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum. The University Museum Bulletin. 12 (3-4) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 93, Fig. 28, (above)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Davenport, William H. 1964. "Hawaiian Feudalism". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 6 (2): 14-27. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 19View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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