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, feathers, gum resin, opossum fur, plant fiber
  • Object Length: 35 cm
    Object Length: 13 3/4 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3633

The string-like decoration is made of twisted plant fiber cords. It has a light colored feather at one end and the clusters of orange feathers at the middle and at either end are held on with black resin.

This was probably part of a larger object at one time.