Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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lip piercing tool
  • unknown Bororo maker
  • lip piercing tool, 1970s
  • Where object was made: Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • bone, plant fiber, string, feathers
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 36.5 x 6 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 14 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/16 in
  • Gift of Haskell Springer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6532

The tool has a bone point at one end and a feather decoration at the other end. The bone point is small and triangular. It is seated in a cylinder of unknown material that has strips of light natural plant fibers held in place with black string resulting in geometric designs. There are downy white feathers at either end, and a band of yellow and green/orange feathers in the middle. The end has a tassel of larger feathers in dark brown and yellow/green/red.