Feather decoration

1. Hälfte 20. Jahrhundert

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The head consists of rows of predominantly yellow-green amazon parrot feathers, short at the sides, longer at the apex. The neck area is made of Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) feathers, at the sides there are plats made of vegetable fibre for fastening purposes. The back hanging is a piece of fabric made of the plant fibre from the caraguatá - a type of bromelia - with a chequered pattern in various shades of beige and brown. Six rows of multi-coloured amazon parrot feathers have been sewn on the outside. The Chamacoco men performed with such feather hangings and masks at the Añapöso festival. It coincided with the initiatory seclusion period for boys.

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