Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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two game pieces
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • two game pieces, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a 25.5 x 18 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a 10 1/16 x 7 1/16 x 1 1/8 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 22 x 17 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 8 5/8 x 6 11/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5308.a,b

The two roughly carved "Y" shaped pieces of wood are a light natural color.
On 2007.5308.a: there is a small red "X" (the mark of the Chiqueno clan) on one arm of the "Y."
2007.5308.b: has an incised zigzag (the mark of the Cotomoeja clan) on the leg of the "Y."

These were used in a game of skill where teams compete to see who can throw the object the farthest. Only men play this game.