Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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set of three poño or póe (needles)
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • set of three poño or póe (needles), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length: .01) 13.5 cm
    Object Length: .01) 5 5/16 in
    Object Length: .02) 12.7 cm
    Object Length: .02) 5 in
    Object Length: .03) 13.2 cm
    Object Length: .03) 5 3/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5257.01-3

The three wooden needles, each have a tapered end. There is plant fiber string through the eye of each that currently binds them together.

Needles are made by men but used by women.