Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cobía (small jar with stopper)
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • cobía (small jar with stopper), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • ceramic, caraguata fiber
  • Object Height/Diameter: 13 x 10.5 cm height with stopper
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 1/8 x 4 1/8 in height with stopper
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5402.a,b

The small ceramic jar has a pointed bottom (2007.5402.a). It is grey with large areas of black. The shoulder is relatively flat with a slight rim at the opening. A bundle of plant fiber acts as a stopper (2007.5402.b).

It was formerly used for carrying dried, ground peppers. These jars are no longer used.