Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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men's feathered neck ornament
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • men's feathered neck ornament, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • Amazon parrot feathers, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 90 x 15 cm
    Object Length/Width: 35 3/8 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5239

The necklace has four layers of feathers secured on a twisted plant fiber string. The ends of the string are left free to tie. The outer layers are dark grey and the inner layers are bright green and blue. There is a smattering of yellow and orange.

This ties in front with the feathers hanging down in back. It is worn only by men.