Royal Hair Costume
Arts of the Pacific Islands
Hair, sennit, barkcloth
16th-early 17th century
a: 1 3/16 × 11 13/16 × 9 1/16 in. (3 × 30 × 23 cm)
b: 10 5/8 × 1 3/16 × 13 3/4 in. (27 × 3 × 35 cm)
c: 3 9/16 × 9/16 × 3 9/16 in. (9 × 1.5 × 9 cm)
d: 7/8 × 13/16 × 7 7/8 in. (2.3 × 2 × 20 cm) (show scale)
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Kaimoko Family. Royal Hair Costume, 16th-early 17th century. Hair, sennit, barkcloth, a: 1 3/16 × 11 13/16 × 9 1/16 in. (3 × 30 × 23 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 42.211.114a-d. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.42.211.114a_overall.jpg)
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Royal costume of hair. The costume consists of: A- One neckpiece (poekaki); B- one girdle (poekooi); C1 and C2- two wrist bands (poeima); D1 and D2-two leg bands, worn below the knees (poeavaevae). The hair is fastened to a band of braided coconut fiber and each piece is fastened with coconut fiber cord and barkcloth cords.
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