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Ear ornaments

Shuar akitiai (ear ornaments)
ca. 1930
Upper Amazon, Ecuador
Beetlewing covers, toucan feathers, plant fibers, glass beads
27 x 11 cm
Collected by Dr. Victor Wolfgang Von Hagen

The Shuar are astute observers of the natural world, evident in the vast range of animal, plant, and mineral materials they use to make personal adornments. These iridescent beetlewing-cover ornaments, or akitiai, were worn by men during formal occasions and ceremonies. They are tipped with red and yellow toucan feathers.

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