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duchubie (gourd bottle with stopper)
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • duchubie (gourd bottle with stopper), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • gourd, caraguata fiber, seeds
  • Object Height/Diameter: 11 x 9.5 cm height with stopper
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 5/16 x 3 3/4 in height with stopper
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5401.a,b

The bulbous gourd bottle (2007.5401.a) has a flat bottom that tapers to a short neck. It is light brown or dark yellow and has a bundle of fiber for a stopper (2007.5401.b).

It is filled with dark yellow pepper seeds that are now in a separate bag. The hot pepper seeds may have been intended for seasoning or planting.