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Royal Hawaiian Featherwork (SC)

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Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali'i, a catalogue accompanying a major exhibition at the de Young in San Francisco, documents the first comprehensive showing of Hawaiian featherwork mounted in the continental United States. It features rare and stunning examples of some of the finest extant featherwork in the world, including capes and cloaks ('ahu 'ula), royal staffs of feathers (kahili), feather lei (lei hulu manu), helmets (mahiole), and god images (akua hulu), as well as related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings, works on paper, and historical photographs. Many of the feather objects and other works are from the royal Hawaiian collections in the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Through scholarly essays and poetic interludes, this lavishly illustrated book explores the central role that these sacred works of art played in the culture and history of the Hawaiian Islands, their unparalleled technical craftsmanship, and an aesthetic tradition unique to the Hawaiian archipelago. Softcover, 278 pages