Headdress - ROM2016_15182_1



Maker: Maué tribe
Medium:Macaw, Aracari and Currasow feathers, cotton cord
Geography: Amazonas, Brazil
Date: c. 1825
27.94 × 25.4 × 30.48 cm
Object number: 2015.86.1
Credit Line: Gift of Jackalin O'Brien; this acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view
DescriptionThe headdress, made by the Maué tribe of Brazil, is extremely rare and of exceptional intrinsic value due to the high level of technological skill employed in its production. Very few extant Amazonian artifacts date to its time of production, around 1820 to 1830. Early nineteenth century European observers noted that the Maué were famous for articles made of feathers, and they traded extensively in such objects. However, they have long discontinued that art form and the only examples that appear to have survived to the present day are three feather headdresses, including the one under consideration. These headdresses count among the very highest achievements in Latin America feather work found in the world today.
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