Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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wig ornament
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • wig ornament, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • bamboo, cutting
  • Object Length/Width: 20.5 x 22 cm measured while curved
    Object Length/Width: 8 1/16 x 8 5/8 in measured while curved
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3992

The thin strip of the inner bark of bamboo has a row of chevrons down the middle. It is currently curled into almost a circle. It is a light natural color.

It was intended to be worn across the front of the wig.