Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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peccary tooth scraper
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • peccary tooth scraper, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • collared peccary tooth, wood, plant fiber, beeswax?
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 18 x 5.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 7 1/16 x 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5299

The short, straight handle has a curved tooth inserted in the end. It is held in place with plant fiber wrapping and resin.

The tooth was once sharp, but is dulled by use scraping wooden instruments, e.g. bows or clubs.