Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pao (pair of sandals)
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • pao (pair of sandals), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • tapir skin, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a 25 x 12 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a 9 13/16 x 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 23 x 11.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 9 1/16 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5334.a,b

The pair of sandals have rectangular soles of tapir skin. They have a twisted plant fiber loop at the front. Plant fiber string is secured on either side of the heel, and the end left loose is used to lace through the front loop.