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Feather box

Maori chiefs would use containers such as these to store personal property and valuable family heirlooms. Often referred to as feather boxes, these receptacles also held the tail feathers of the huia bird, which served as hair decoration emblematic of high rank. As personal possessions of...

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1971, gift of Rowland Burdon-Muller (b. 1891 - d. 1980), Boston and Camden, ME, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 13, 1971)

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Gift of Rowland Burdon-Muller

Oceanic, New Zealand, Maori peoples,

Object Place

New Zealand

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Africa and Oceania