Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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men's headband
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • men's headband, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • lizard skin, tobo shell, plant fiber, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 58.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 23 1/16 x 1 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3956

The narrow strip of lizard skin has a row of white shell beads sewn across most of one edge and two short vertical rows in the center. There are braided plant fiber strings at either end.

It was intended to be worn across the forehead.