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: 9.5 x 16 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5389

The vessel is carved from a section of log, hollowed from the side. It is rectangular at the top. It is dark brown.

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