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Tukanoan headring

Tukanoan headring
ca. 1925
Rio Uaupés, State of Amazonas, Brazil
Macaw feathers, oropendola feathers, toucan feathers, wood splints, plant fiber
54 x 26 cm
Collected by Dr. Herbert S. Dickey

This Tukanoan headdress artfully combines feathers from three different bird species. Together these colors represent the conjoined cosmic forces that make possible human well-being. To wear such a headdress during a ceremony is an assertion of virtue as well.

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