Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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feathered neck ornament
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • feathered neck ornament, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • vulture feathers?, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Width: 60 x 68.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 23 5/8 x 26 15/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5238

The large collar-like necklace is made of black feathers secured in a plant fiber cord with the ends left free to tie.

The shoulder feathers are worn for war, rituals, and sometimes for pleasure. When they are worn on a raid they are worn upside down so the feathers rise high around the head. These are worn only by men.