Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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musical instrument
  • unknown Bororo maker
  • musical instrument, 1970–1976
  • Where object was made: Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • gourd, plant fiber, amazon parrot feathers, string
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 10.5 x 15 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Haskell Springer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4857

The small round gourd has a hole cut from the bottom. The top half of the gourd is covered with blocks of black or white feathers. There is a small cylinder of gourd at the top that is wrapped with black string and white plant fiber? Two larger green feathers jut from the sides in a wing-like arrangement. Twisted plant fiber string goes through the cylindrical portion of the gourd.