Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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portion of a headdress
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • portion of a headdress, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • parrot feathers, gum resin, opossum fur, plant fiber
  • Object Length: 56 cm
    Object Length: 22 1/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3632

The string-like decoration is a segment of twisted plant fiber cords. Another large segment is covered with black resin. There is a light colored feather at one end and clusters of orange feathers are scattered along the length.

This was probably part of a larger object.