headdress (head ornament)

Unusual headdress of cassowary feathers very similar to the many others from this part of New Guinea, although this example has been modified after its normal construction of knotting by being folded in four and bound across the base of the quills with a piece of coarse bark cloth which has been secured with bark fibre string.

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