Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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roach headdress
  • United States
  • roach headdress, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • horse hair, buckskin, dyeing
  • Object Length/Diameter: 34 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 13 3/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0437

This is a head ornament of long horse hair bound in a circle with two buckskin ties on the bound end. The horse hair appears to have been bound in concentric circles of color, red being the outermost layer, then layers of green, purple, and red alternate.