Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of fur wig ornaments
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • pair of fur wig ornaments, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • marsupial fur, bamboo, string
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a 26 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a 10 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 1 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 26 x 4 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 10 1/4 x 1 9/16 x 1 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3966.a,b

These are two matching wig ornaments made from a long, narrow bamboo triangle with a furry white marsupial testicle at the top, held in place with string.

It was intended to be worn above each ear.