condor feathers and cord
Native Arts acquisition funds
Wailaki artist, Condor Cape, late 1800s. Condor feathers and cord; 36 x 27 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition funds, 1950.150
Dimensionslength: 36 in, 91.4400 cm; width: 27 in, 68.5800 cm
CollectionIndigenous Arts of North America
Artists in native California were masters at using the feathers of birds large and small. Here, the feathers of gigantic condors are accented with a few flicker feathers to make a resplendent cape. Imagine a dancer wrapped in these large wing feathers as they floated gracefully across his shoulders and back, accentuating his movements. Only a handful of these rare capes still exist today.
Known ProvenanceGrace Nicholson [1877-1948], of Pasadena, CA. Lewis H. Farlow, before 1905; Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1905-1950; Denver Art Museum, 1938.
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