Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • necklace, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • human hair, plant fiber, pigment
  • Object Length/Width: 50.5 x 18.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 19 7/8 x 7 1/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5226

The short necklace is probably a choker style. It has a short tufted fringe of dark brown hair bound in place with plant fiber string. It has twisted plant fiber strings at either end to tie. The plant fiber is colored red.

This is made from women's hair and it is intended to be worn under the chin on the neck. It was worn by men, possibly when they were preparing to fight.