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Pair of Ear Ornaments

Arts of the Americas

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURES Shuar; or Achuar
MEDIUM Feathers, bamboo, glass beads, fiber
  • Place Made: Oriente, Ecuador
  • DATES first half of the 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 4 in. (11.4 x 8.9 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 88.89.12a-b
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Shuar. Pair of Ear Ornaments, first half of the 20th century. Feathers, bamboo, glass beads, fiber, 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 4 in. (11.4 x 8.9 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 88.89.12a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 88.89.12a-b.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pair of feathered ear ornaments worn by men. Earring "a" has seven bunches of red and yellow toucan feathers tied to strands of light blue, dark blue, and white glass beads. These are attached to a short bamboo tube that is hollow at one end and decorated with bands of incised geometric designs. Earring "b" has eight bunches of red and yellow toucan feathers tied to strands of light blue, dark blue, white, light green, dark green, yellow, and orange glass beads. These are attached to a slender undecorated bamboo stick (possibly a replacement for a lost decorated one). Condition: Good.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (73%)
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