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, feathers, cloth
  • Object Length: 91 cm
    Object Length: 35 13/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3637

The large bundle of twisted plant fiber strings has possum fur tufts. There is a small piece of red cloth at one end. Either end has three long fringes, each made of twisted ropes of possum fur. The white feathers at the ends are held in place with black resin. The segment of black resin near the attachment may indicate that there were addtional feather decorations.