Image: Headdress E7886

Headdress E7886

This headdress has a tin, U-shaped plate and is painted and decorated with white cockatoo feathers. The remnants of elaborate cutting can be seen on the feathers, especially two feathers at the top. Such cutting is frequently used in Torres Strait Islanders’ feather decorations. The headdress resembles the traditional Torres Strait design with a frame typically made from cane, infilled with woven coconut string and painted. Collected on Cape York in the late 19th century, this headdress reflects the cultural exchanges between Torres Strait Islanders and Aborigines of north Queensland, as well as the adoption of new materials used within traditional decorations.

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