Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • mortar, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • palo santo wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 8.5 x 10.5 x 21 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 8 1/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5388

The oblong container is made from a log hollowed from the side. The top is flattened. It is brown.

It may be used as a mortar for grinding dried peppers, but it is also used as a bowl for eating.