Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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omati (men's wig)
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • omati (men's wig), early 1900s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • human hair, marsupial whiskers, feathers, wood, string, cassowary quills?, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 25 x 39 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9 13/16 x 15 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2873
Label Text

The round cushion-like headdress is made of dark brown tightly curled human hair dyed purple. Four larger black, undecorated wooden sticks are inserted into the hair.

Currently, the top surface has 70+ small wooden sticks, each topped with a tuft of red feathers.