Lei

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

GUSN

GUSN-269764

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

Descriptive Terms

necklaces
feather (material)
silk (textile)
yarn
Necklace

Inscription

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)

Associated Building

Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3620

Reference Notes

Art Conservation Handout www.bishopmuseum.org/research/pdfs/cnsv-feathers.pdf

Places

Hawaii (United States)
Hawaii county (Hawaii) [county]