Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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JôJô (tortoise shell bell)
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • JôJô (tortoise shell bell), mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • tortoise shell, bone, caraguata fiber, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 5 x 9 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 15/16 x 3 9/16 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2726

The tortoise (Ayoreo: yoga) shell has a small leg bone for the clapper. There is a twisted plant fiber cord at the other end that has been rubbed with red pigment.

It was worn by people to notify others of their arrival, so they would not be mistaken as an enemy and killed. Men traveled more than women, so it was more often used by them.