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Lei

2006.44.3620 (RS160594)

Description

Hawaiian feather lei made of fluffy yellow feathers and a yellow ribbon at either end. Traditionally, feather leis would have been worn only by women of the noble class, known as the ali'i. Purchased in 1922 by Stephen W. Phillips.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
S.W.P./ Large feather lei/Dyed duck feathers/ but made in the old time way on/Main Bot 1922 (handwritten note in pencil on brown paper)
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
feather (material)
silk (textile)
yarn
Object type
Adornment
Places
Hawaii (United States)
Hawaii county (Hawaii) [county]
Descriptive terms
feather (material)
Necklace
necklaces
silk (textile)
yarn
Accession Number
2006.44.3620
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
269764
Reference Notes
Art Conservation Handout www.bishopmuseum.org/research/pdfs/cnsv-feathers.pdf

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