Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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feather neck ornament with bird head
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • feather neck ornament with bird head, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • woodpecker head, Amazon parrot feathers, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 31 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width: 12 3/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5241

The short length of twisted plant fiber cord has shorter individual strings securing bright green feathers at the end. The entire head of a bird, identified as a woodpecker, with mostly red and black feathers is secured by a short string tied on the beak.

This would tie around the neck and the decorative elements would hang down the back.