Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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gourd container
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • gourd container, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • gourd, plant fiber, seeds
  • Object Height/Diameter: 14 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5393

The globular gourd has an opening at one end, plugged with a bundle of plant fiber. The seeds inside make a rattling sound. It is brown.

It contains squash (Ayoreo: dutue) seeds and watermelon seeds for planting.