From: Hawaiian Islands

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 29-58-155
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Hawaiian
Provenience Hawaiian Islands
Date Made 19th Century
Section Oceanian
Materials Feather | Plant Fiber
Technique Featherwork

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.

Length 138 cm
Width 272 cm
Credit Line Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1921

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