Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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men's head ornament
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • men's head ornament, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • monkey skin?, egret feathers, heron feathers, plant fiber, pigment
  • Object Height/Width: 26 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width: 10 1/4 x 6 1/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5236

This is a band of dark brown fur. It has twisted plant fiber strings for closure. The strings are colored red. There is a cluster of bright green feathers with one black and one white over the bundle of strings.

This is worn at the top of the head with the feathers sticking up to the back. It was worn only by men.