Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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men's feathered neck ornament
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • men's feathered neck ornament, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • white pelican feathers, great egret feathers, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 71 x 24 cm
    Object Length/Width: 27 15/16 x 9 7/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5213

The two sets of two strings of twisted plant fiber, each hold white feathers. One holds shorter white feathers, the other holds longer feathers. The strings are knotted together at the ends.

This ties around the neck with the feathers sticking up on the back. It is worn only by men.