Hawaiian Feather Cape

Title

Hawaiian Feather Cape

Subject

Hawaiian Art -- Feather Cape

Description

Loaned to Smithsonian National Museum by Mrs. Clementine L.D. Welling and Miss Elizabeth L. Dixon

`Ahu`ula, feathered cape, olona fiber (Touchardia latifolia), feathers from `i`iwi (Vestiaria coccinea) and `o`o (Moho nobilis) with two centrally located crescents, one crescent under the neck, and a vertical crescent on each side of the front of yellow feathers of the Oo (Acrulocercus nobilis). Band of the same yellow feathers around the entire lower border. Upper border and the two front margins have the base color of the ground (red), alternating with tufts of black feathers. Object is the cape numbered 43 in Brigham's "Hawaiian Feather Work" (Bishop Mus. Mem. 1, p. 68 and fig. 84)." Object was on display in National Museum of Natural History exhibit "Na Mea Makamae o Hawai'i - Hawaiian Treasures", 2004-2005. Accompanying this cape is a cylindrical boa of yellow feathers or lei to be worn on the head [number for feather lei is E128386-1]. 23" long. Was noted as "missing" at last update in 2010.

Creator

Caroline Welling Van Deusen, Project Archivist

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Text

Feather Cape, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC, Loaned by Miss Elizabeth Dixon and Mrs. Clementine L. D. Welling, gr-daughters of Rev. Jonathan Cogswell, daughters of US Sen. James Dixon of Hartford, CT

Description: `Ahu`ula, feathered cape, olona fiber (Touchardia latifolia), feathers from `i`iwi (Vestiaria coccinea) and `o`o (Moho nobilis) with two centrally located crescents, one crescent under the neck, and a vertical crescent on each side of the front of yellow feathers of the Oo (Acrulocercus nobilis). Band of the same yellow feathers around the entire lower border. Upper border and the two front margins have the base color of the ground (red), alternating with tufts of black feathers. Object is the cape numbered 43 in Brigham's "Hawaiian Feather Work" (Bishop Mus. Mem. 1, p. 68 and fig. 84)." Object was on display in National Museum of Natural History exhibit "Na Mea Makamae o Hawai'i - Hawaiian Treasures", 2004-2005. Accompanying this cape is a cylindrical boa of yellow feathers or lei to be worn on the head [number for feather lei is E128386-1]. 23" long. Was noted as "missing" at last update in 2010.

Provenance possibly linked to Nathaniel Cogswell, NYC merchant  

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Date Added
December 26, 2011
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Citation
Caroline Welling Van Deusen, Project Archivist, “Hawaiian Feather Cape,” E - A r c h i v e s , accessed May 22, 2017, http://citizenarchivist.omeka.net/items/show/429.