Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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eagle feather headdress
  • unknown Plains maker
  • eagle feather headdress, late 1800s–1960
  • Where object was made: Oklahoma, United States
  • eagle feathers, felt, ermine, horsehair, buckskin, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 54 x 64 x 75 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 1/4 x 25 3/16 x 29 1/2 in
  • Gift of Dennis E. Domer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6288

The eagle feather headdress has a beaded band at the front. The white eagle feathers are tipped in black with red and white downy feathers at the top and bottom. The quills are wrapped with red felt and buckskin tabs are attached to a light brown felt cap. There are tassels of dark brown horse hair at the tips of the feathers.

The loom beaded band across the front has a white field and three triangles across the front, each in dark blue, orange, green, yellow, and white. The beaded medallion at either end has a white field and dark blue star shape in the center with dark blue, yellow and red detail. It has a red border. White ermine tails, tipped with black, hang from each medallion.