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
  • guan feathers, roseate spoonbill feathers, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 73 x 15 cm
    Object Length/Width: 28 3/4 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5234

The collar-like necklace is made of twisted plant fibers securing feathers in three separate layers. One of the layers is black, one is pale pink and one is white. Plant fibers strings are left loose at the ends to tie.

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