Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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feather wig ornament
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • feather wig ornament, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • parakeet feathers, bird skin, paper
  • Object Height/Width: 18.5 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Width: 7 1/4 x 3 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4027

The wig decoration is made with a keyhole-shaped skin with red feathers. Yellow, orange and black/green feathers are attached on the back side of the larger end. It has paper backing.