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, parrot feathers?
  • Object Length: 105 cm
    Object Length: 41 5/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3636

The very large bundle of twisted plant fiber strings have bits of white feathers. Either end has long fringes and one fringe in the middle. The fringes are twisted ropes of possum fur with segments of orange feathers and white feathers at the ends. Black resin holds all the feathers in place.