Feather found inside the figure known as A'a

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

In November 2015, this tiny red feather was found caught on a splinter inside the cavity of the figure of A’a. It probably came from one of the 24 gods, found stored inside A’a by missionaries in 1821.

The feather was taken to the Natural History Museum where experts identified it as coming from a Kuhl’s lorikeet (vini kuhlii) an endangered species found on the island of Rimatara about on hundred miles from Rurutu.


  • Title: Feather found inside the figure known as A'a
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 1.5 cm
  • Production place: From Rurutu, Austral Islands, Polynesia
  • Copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum website: Oc,LMS.19

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