Imperial Multicolor Feathered Ensemble
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Rare and impressive multicolor feathered headdress, neck ornament, and pechera executed primarily in small blue, red, yellow, and green feathers, probably from the macaw. The feather mosaic consists of a checkerboard design. The headdress has a tapered cap made of a cane structure covered with cloth. From the back of the cap hangs a feather-covered trapezoidal panel, and on the front is a crescent shaped collar tied to the sides. The pechera (tabard) is open along the sides, and has a vertical neck slit and a narrow unfeathered section.
Cotton and feathers, remarkable state of preservation. Professionally mounted in a plexiglass case.
Additional information about the item: CF. "Peruvian Featherworks" by Heidi King Figure 48 Pg. 73.
"Among indigenous peoples past and present, feathers and objects decorated with them have been imbued with meaning and value. In some societies, because of the remarkable colors and rarity, feathers signify wealth and high social standing... Feathers in traditional societies also signify spiritual energy and supernatural force. For many native peoples in the Americas birds, because of their ability to fly, have access to the spirit world." - Heidi King