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, gum resin, paper, fur?
  • Object Height/Width: 16 x 10.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 6 1/4 x 4 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4028

The wig ornament is made from feathers attached to a rectangle of paper, with a point at one end. The feathers have yellow tips and green/black and orange on the length. White fuzzy material, possibly fur, is attached to the paper with resin.