Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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feather ornament
  • Plains peoples
  • feather ornament, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • macaw feathers, string, metal, leather, fur, wood, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 29 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 3/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0753

These two blue-green and yellow macaw feathers are trimmed to ovals with the ends wrapped in blue-green, yellow, orange, and purple thread. The proximal ends are wrapped in light-colored buckskin, tied with a buckskin strip. There is a small metal band on each. The white fur band and brown fur band at the base of each feather holds the smaller feathers in red, yellow, and orange. Bright pink and blue feathers are glued to the distal end with a square of white fur.