Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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salt container
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • salt container, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 38 x 10.5 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 4 1/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5408

The segment of tree limb is hollowed to form a cylindrical container. The bark is intact. It is light brown.

Salt is packed in while still wet to form a solid block when it dries. It is stored and carried in these containers.