Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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men's feathered neck ornament
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • men's feathered neck ornament, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • Amazon parrot feathers, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Width: approximately 43 x 21 cm
    Object Height/Width: approximately 16 7/8 x 8 1/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5235

The necklace is made of twisted plant fiber strings securing four layers of feathers on separate cords. One layer is green, the other is dark brown or grey with a small bit of color (yellow or blue) on some of the feathers. It has twisted plant fiber strings at the end left for tie.

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