Toucan head and wing feather breastplate from Ecuador, possibly from the Jivaroan peoples, early to mid-20th century. Comprised of painted bark cloth, seeds, toucan wing feathers and head with beak. Mounted in a black shadow box with plexiglas front. Hangs on wall or stands freely.
Toucans (and birds in general) are often regarded by South American groups as sacred mediators between human and spirit. Feathers are often seen as a sign of a successful hunter and provider, and by extension a sign of leadership.
Shadow Box: 6" x 29" x 32"H
Breastplate: 25" W x 20" H
See also: Multi-Color Nigerian Beaded Headdress, Mid 20th Century