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gasé (harvesting fork)
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • gasé (harvesting fork), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 135.5 x 12.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 53 3/8 x 4 7/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5515

The "fork" has a long handle and naturally occuring divisions between the branches at one end. The non-bifurcated end is whittled to a point. It is mostly covered with dark brown bark.

This is used to dig up caraguatá roots which are then roasted and eaten.