Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • headdress, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • opossom fur, plant fiber, gum resin, heron feathers
  • Object Length: 98 cm
    Object Length: 38 9/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3635

The two bundles of twisted strings are sprinkled with possum fur and tied together at the ends to make a loop. The long fringes at the ends are made from twisted ropes of possum fur. The white feathers at some ends are held in place with black resin.