Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • necklace, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • Amazon parrot feathers, bamboo, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 63 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Width: 24 3/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5230

The long necklace has a single strand of bamboo segments strung on plant fiber. It originally had seven brightly colored feathers, secured with a string of twisted plant fibers. The feathers are bright green, yellow and red in varying amounts.

It was intended to be worn across the chest, over one shoulder, by men or women.