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ekaku (hair ornament)
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • ekaku (hair ornament), late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • cockatoo or parakeet feathers, wood, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 14.5 x 10.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 5 11/16 x 4 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3952

The cluster of white feathers is tied to a short stick with plant fiber string. The feathers are modified to leave small, regular gaps.