Royal Hawaiian Featherwork

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Painstakingly constructed by hand of plant fiber and precious feathers from endemic birds of Hawaii, feather cloaks and capes provided spiritual protection to Hawaiian chiefs for centuries while proclaiming their royal status. Few of the artworks known as na hulu alii, or royal feathers, survive today except in museums and private collections. Through photographs and scholarly essays, Royal Hawaiian Featherwork highlights approximately seventy-five rare examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks, as well as royal staffs of feather (kahili, feather lei, helmets, feathered god images, and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper.