Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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gourd bottle with stopper
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • gourd bottle with stopper, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • gourd, wood, plant, fiber, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 12.5 x 14.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 7/8 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5398.a,b

The bulbous gourd bottle (2007.5398.a), is wider at the bottom and tapers to the opening. The wooden stopper (2007.5398.b) is flat on top, but tapers to fit into the opening. Plant fiber is wrapped around the stopper as a gasket. Both pieces are a grey-brown color.

It was used to store and carry seeds.