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
  • great horned owl feathers, turkey vulture feathers, great black hawk feathers, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 53 x 39 cm
    Object Length/Width: 20 7/8 x 15 3/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5224

The single strand of twisted plant fiber string has a variety of brown and gray feathers. The feathers are attached with individual wrapped strings into small clusters. The clusters hang as tassels from the main strand of twisted fibers.

It ties around the neck with the feathers to the back. It is worn only by men.