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uté bec (men's bag)
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • uté bec (men's bag), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 88 x 53 cm
    Object Length/Width: 34 5/8 x 20 7/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5373

The large rectangular bag is open on the short side. It has stripes in blue, red and light natural. Light natural colored diamond outlines are near the top of the bag. The plant fiber cord loops at either end of the opening and attaches to the short woven strap.

The bag is used by men to carry game after the hunt and food from a gathering.