Object Number:29-58-155
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Hawaiian Islands
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1900
Plant Fiber
Length: 138 cm
Width: 272 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1921


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.

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[Book] Holt, John D. 1985. The Art of Featherwork in Old Hawai'i.. Honolulu. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 109View 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. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 6. no. 2. pg. 14-27 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 19View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. 1947. "The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 12. no. 3-4. pg. 1-109 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 93, Fig. 28, (above)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Hall, Henry U. 1923. "Two Hawaiian Feather Garments, Ahuula". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. XIV. no. No. 1. pg. 34-46 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pl. IView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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