Helmet (mahiole)

56.25.542

About this object

A crested helmet with a framework of cane and wickerwork. Originally covered with feathers. Hawaiian high chiefs wore feather-covered helmets and capes on formal occasions to show their high status. They also presented them to important visitors such as Captain Cook as tokens of honour and respect.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Americas: Northern America: USA: Hawaiʻi [USA]
  • Date made
    1827 before
  • Materials
    Cane; Fibre
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    J Smith
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1827 before
  • Measurements
    250 mm x 330 mm x 150 mm; 9 13/16 in x 13 in x 5 7/8 in
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); J Smith ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1827
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1827
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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