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hilahawa (toy truck)
  • Iyo'wujwa Chorote speaking peoples
  • hilahawa (toy truck), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • cactus wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 8 x 4.5 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 3 1/8 x 1 3/4 x 13 3/4 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 17 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 6 11/16 x 2 3/4 in
    Object Length/Diameter: c) 14 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: c) 5 1/2 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5251.a,b,c

The roughly carved toy truck is in three pieces. The body of the vehicle (2007.5251.a) is a piece of wood notched at the top of either end to resemble a car. It has a notch carved into the bottom of the front and back to receive wheels.

The wheels (2007.5251.b,c) consist of large sticks with rough bark and the middle portion of bark was removed. The smaller stick acts as an axle the car rests on and the bark looks like tread on each of the four tires.