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
  • plant fiber, opossum fur, parrot and rainbow lorikeet feathers, teeth, claw, gum resin
  • Object Height/Width: 42 x 34 cm
    Object Height/Width: 16 1/2 x 13 3/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3641

The decoration is made from two twisted mutli-strand ropes with tufts of white feathers. The strings are fastened at regular intervals with black resin. The strings are decorated with white feathers and there are teeth or claws at the loose ends. There is thicker rope-like fringe at either end of the two main "ropes" that are decorated with orange feathers in the middle and at either end with a claw at the end.