Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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paca (rattle)
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • paca (rattle), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • gourd, wood, plant fiber, amazon parrot feathers, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 58 x 11.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 22 13/16 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5415

The rattle is made from a globular gourd with a wooden handle. The gourd is orange with black spots and the handle is light natural. There is twisted plant fiber string through the hole at the end of the handle with two bright green feathers.

Only men use this rattle to accompany recreational singing.