In Fine Feather

Selected Featherwork from the Peabody Collections

•	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).

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.

In Fine Feather: Selected Featherwork from Peabody Collections opens to the public Wednesday, April 13 at 9:00 AM at Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, Mass. It will remain on view through September 11, 2016.

Above:  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).