Headdress

Description
Presented to Somerset Museum Service by Mrs Molesworth, The Rectory, Huish Episcopi, Langport, Somerset. Transferred to RAMM in 2007.

Mrs. Molesworth had acquired the headdress in 1957. According to the donor’s accompanying note “Normally these headdresses are burnt after ceremony but this was procured as a present for me in 1957. The whole is very authentic and has been used for a wedding, the only thing that is slightly wrong is the pink dye in the string head band, that is not a natural dye but was brought from a store of which the are several in Letham, the capital of the area. The feathers all come from the macaw, birds which naturally inhabit the area. The small black feathers at the end of one of the strings comes from a different bird, it is the crest of the curasow[sic].”
Accession Loan No.
574/2007/20/1
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
headdress
Simple Name
headdress
Full Name
crown for ‘feather wedding headdress’
Cultural Group
?Makushi
Production Year High
1957
Production County
Rapunini river region
Production Country
Guyana
Production Area Region
South America
Production Continent
Latin America and the Caribbean
Family Group

Material
cane; cotton; macaw feathers; macaw tail feathers; cassowary feathers
Collection Area Region
S
Collection Continent
America

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