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
  • Amazon parrot feathers, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 55 x 19 cm
    Object Length/Width: 21 5/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5227

The ornament consists of four "ropes" of feathers on a loop of twisted plant fiber. Each "rope" appears to be a plant fiber cord fully covered with layers of green and a few yellow feathers. There are gray and green feathers at the end, left as a kind of tassel or fringe.

The long string is tied around the neck with feather strands hanging to the back. It is worn only by men.