Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Bororo maker
  • necklace, 1970s
  • Where object was made: Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • reed, plant fiber, string, macaw feathers, seeds
  • Object Length/Width: 43 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 15/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Haskell Springer
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, Metal Drawer 3
  • 2007.6529

The necklace has a large square pendant. The necklace is a light natural colored plant fiber string with two tube beads near the pendant. The beads appear to be reed, with strips of light natural colored plant fiber laid over the top and wrapped with black string to make a geometric design. There is a red seed at the top and bottom of each tube.

The square pendant is made from three vertical strips of reed, each with a fish cut from light natural colored plant fiber. The designs are held in place and the pieces are held together with black string wrapping. There is a band of yellow feathers across the top and a single red feather on either side.