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
  • hair, plant fiber, rainbow lorikeet feathers, gum resin, braiding
  • Object Length: 74 cm
    Object Length: 29 1/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3638

The irregular shaped bundle of plant fiber string has white feathers scattered throughout. There are some green and orange feathers as well. There is a small tassel of dark brown braided human hair at the end of a short rope of twisted barkstring.