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  • Display location

    Pacific Masterpieces

  • Credit Line
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1986.218, 52041
  • Public Access Text

    Pacific cultures chose particular types of feathers to decorate the body and artefacts, partly for their appearance but sometimes because of the associations and symbolism attributed to certain birds and their behaviour. Many New Guinea peoples make explicit analogies between their own dances and the display of birds-of-paradise. They also believe that wearing eagle feathers will make the wearer successful in obtaining wealth in the same way that the eagle hunts its prey.

  • Cultural Origin
  • Place
  • Media/Materials
  • Measurement Reading

    630mm

    350mm

  • Classification
  • Media/Materials Notes

    This object was assessed as part of the Light Sensitivity Gallery Survey in G62 Pacific Masterpieces.

    This object was assessed as part of the Light Sensitivity Gallery Survey in G62 Pacific Masterpieces.

  • Last Update
    06 Dec 2018

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