About this object

A semi-circular cape with two separate arm pieces attached at the shoulder, and ties at each end of the neck.

This garment has a thatched construction with overlapping leaf strips, probably Cabbage Tree ti kouka (Cordyline australis). It is probably a rain cape (old records say 'grass cape w shoes, worn against rain...').

The leaves are very dry and fragile.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1853 before
  • Materials
    Leaf Cabbage Tree (Cordyline sp); Technique: Twined
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    160.0 x 2.0 x 99.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Charles Jecks in 1853.
  • Related people
    Charles Jecks ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1853
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Charles Jecks

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1853
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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