Lei Hulu Hair Ornament 10320
Hawaiian Kingdom Period
Silk ribbon, cotton, dyed chicken feathers
Circa 1880-93
Approximately 9 in/23 cm


From the first visit by Captain Cook, it was noted that lei hulu were made and used by woman to be twisted into their hair. Such objects were exclusively possessed byAli'i, Hawaiian royalty. They were formerly made from red and yellow feathers of birds that became extinct during the third quarter of the 19th Century; after that, dyed chicken feathers were used, as in this case. This rare lei hulu dates to the late Hawaiian Kingdom Period and comes from an old Hawaiian Collection.