Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • ornament, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • plant fiber, opossum fur, parrot and rainbow lorikeet feathers, teeth, claw, gum resin
  • Object Height/Width: 27 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width: 10 5/8 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3642

The rope-like band of twisted plant fibers is interspersed with downy white feathers. Strings hang from the main ring at regular intervals. They are decorated with tufts of white, orange or green feathers. The ends of the strings have a tooth or claw.