Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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married woman's headdress
  • Ipili-Payala peoples
  • married woman's headdress, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • plant fiber, beads, marsupial testicles, Job's tears, shell?, netting
  • Object Length/Width: 62 x 20 cm
    Object Length/Width: 24 7/16 x 7 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6783
Label Text

Oblong, netted, oval headcover made from plant fiber string. It is brown. Mottled white and black buttons are sewn on the arch worn over the head. There is a double strand of white job's tears at the edge in front of the buttons and hanging loosely at the ends. There is a tassel of beads on either side, each with two light colored furry balls at the ends, one with a button. The beads are red on one tassel and white with red or green sprinkled in.