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'ahu 'ula

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Bernice Akamine, 'ahu 'ula, 2011, dyed goose feathers, copper wire, and glass seed beads, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by an anonymous donor, © Bernice Akamine, 2012.99.1

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Title

'ahu 'ula

Artist

Bernice Akamine (Hawaiian and Japanese, born 1949)

Date

2011

Medium

dyed goose feathers, copper wire, and glass seed beads

Dimensions (H x W x D)

2 1/2 in x 5 in diam.

Collection Area

Native American Art; Modern and Contemporary Art

Category

Hawaii

Baskets

Object Type

basket

Culture

Japanese

Cultural Group

Kanaka Maoli

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by an anonymous donor

Accession Number

2012.99.1

Copyright

© Bernice Akamine

Terms

baskets

beads

copper

feather

Hawaiian

Location

Belluschi Building

Hoffman Wing

2nd Floor

Phil and Sue Bogue Gallery

Description

Bernice Akamine says the impetus behind her feather work is a cultural connection to her Hawaiian ancestors, and finds inspiration in the feather baskets of the Pomo people. 'Ahu 'ula is the feather cape worn by Hawaiian nobility. This basket speaks alliances leading to cultural and artistic connections throughout the Pacific. Though this basket portrays connections between people and the natural world, Akamine says that when she works with feathers, the quiet she experiences is like an isolated meditation.

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