Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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set of atlak (four dice)
  • Iyo'wujwa Chorote speaking peoples
  • set of atlak (four dice), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a,d 10.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a,d 4 1/8 x 1 3/8 x 9/16 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b,c 11.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b,c 4 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 9/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5320.a-d
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Description

The four short pieces of wood are rectangular in one view, but one surface is rounded and the ends are slightly tapered and rounded. They are a light natural color but they are otherwise undecorated.

They were used to play a game of chance called shukel.