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Cloak

Native NameKahu Kiwi
Object Number:P3332
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Maori
Provenience: New Zealand
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Flax
Feather
Wool
Length: 152.4 cm
Width: 142.24 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from the J. C. Stevens Auction Rooms, 1912
Other Number:55A - Dealer's Number

Description

Kiiwi cloak ( kahu kiwi), with rolled light and dark border at top, borders of loops of red blue and green wool around sides and bottom, which also has a narrow band of black taaniko in a zig zag pattern. Purchased at auction from J. C. Stevens, London, on April 16, 1912. The catalogue description reads as follows: "Kahu Kiwi Robe, 60 in. long, 56 in. wide, finely dressed flax covered with feathers of the Kiwi (Apteryx Mantelli). In perfect condition. These robes are now very scarce, and almost unobtainable. Many feathered robes are referred to in old Maori legends."

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Auction] 16 Apr 1912. MAORI Weapons, Implements, Ornaments, Robes to be sold at the Auction Rooms of Mr. J. .C. STEVENS.. London. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 13, Lot 55aView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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