- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Western Highlands Province > North Wahgi District > Nondugul
- Neptune Blood
- Acquisition date
- June 21, 1952
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Hallstrom Livestock and Fauna
- Raw material
- Feather, bird of paradise, blue (Paradisaea rudolphi); Feather, bird of paradise, black sicklebill (Epimachus fastuosus); Feather, bird of paradise, k
- H: 690 mm W: 1230 mm L: D: Circum:
Headdress comprised of nine individual Birds-of-Paradise from five different species: the King of Saxony, the Blue bird of paradise, the Red Plumed bird of paradise, the Black / Great sickle Bill bird of paradise, and the lesser bird of paradise.
Double Up exhibition label: "Dr Winterbotham, the founding force of the UQ Anthropology Museum, paid Neptune Blood who procured this head dress and whose hobby was orchid hunting, with orchid plants. We don’t know how the makers of the head dress were paid. Neptune Blood wrote: "as far as money is concerned, the natives are not the slightest bit interested and there is nothing we have which the natives would care to take in exchange." (Blood to Winterbotham 22 Jan 1952 typescript letter, UQAM archives).
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'Double Up: Pasifika Treasures from the UQ Anthropology Museum' curated by Diana Young with Jane Willcock, 5 February - 9 April 2010.