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: 33.5 x 18 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/16 x 7 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3993

The thin strip of the inner bark of bamboo has a row of chevrons cut down the middle. It has a short string at either end of the strip. It is a light natural color. It is curled into a "J" shape. One end is currently separate.

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