Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • headdress, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • parrot feathers, rainbow lorikeet feathers, feathers, opossum fur, gum resin, string, human hair
  • Object Length: 90 cm
    Object Length: 35 3/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3634

The two bundles of twisted strings are joined at each end to form a loop. Small green and orange feathers are scattered through the strings. Each end has small bit of dark brown twisted human hair. The long fringes (two on one side, three on the other) are covered with orange feathers and white feathers at the loose end. There is a short segment of black resin above the white feathers.