Neck Ring

About this object

Narrative

The donor was a Canadian diplomat in Brazil, in the 1980s. During this time he visited the Amazonian area of Brazil where the Yanomami live.

Physical description

Neck ornament composed of seven pieces of skinned birds. At centre, the longest skin with short, black ruffled feathers attached to more skins by twisted strings tied at either end. One side has two larger mostly black with a yellow band and some red, and a smaller yellow and orange skin with red and black accents. On the other side, three different skins are attached: vibrant teal and black spotted; black and yellow striped and a small hummingbird(?) skin black with vibrant teal and blues. One strand of fibre is dyed burgundy, and twisted together with off-white.