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
  • Amazon parrot feathers, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 83 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 32 5/8 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5237

The necklace has five layers of feathers. It has twisted plant fiber strings to tie. The outer layers of feathers are dark grey. The inner layers of feathers are brightly colored greens and blues with a smattering of yellow and orange.

This is tied around the neck with the feathers to the back, sticking up. It is worn only by men.