In Fine Feather: Selected Featherwork from Peabody Collections


Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 9:00am to 5:00pm


Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave

Mummy mask with feathers, Peru. © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 42- 28-30/5804 (digital file# 99320014)
Mummy mask with feathers, Peru.
Exhibition dates: Saturday, April 13–September 5, 2016, 9 AM–5 PM
Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
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Feathers, large and small, plain and colorful, have been used for millennia to enhance the beauty and power of clothing and other objects. Highlighting rare and beautiful pieces from the Peabody Museum’s collections, this small-scale exhibition explores the ways in which feathers have been used to signal or endow beauty, wealth, status, and spiritual wellbeing in cultures around the world.

From a mummy mask adorned with boldly colored feathers, to delicate feather inlay jewelry, In Fine Feather features unusual and rarely seen works of spiritual power and craftsmanship.