Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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digging stick
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • digging stick, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, metal, wire, plant fiber, gum resin
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 133 x 6 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 52 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5380

The long dark brown wooden rod is tapered at one end. The other end has a rectangular blade, sharpened on the short side, held in place with wire wrapping and plant fiber string wrapping with resin.