Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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kahawis (rattle)
  • Iyo'wujwa Chorote speaking peoples
  • kahawis (rattle), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • hoof, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 14 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width: 5 1/2 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5214

The four loops of twisted plant fiber strings hold a cluster of small hooves.

It was used by women when dancing, the strings are tied to a stick and struck on the ground to make noise.