Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Karajá (Carajá) maker
  • comb, 1970s
  • Where object was made: Goiás, Brazil
  • plant fiber, roseate spoonbill feathers
  • Object Height/Width: 12 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width: 4 3/4 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Haskell Springer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6527

This is a trapezoidal shaped comb. The warp elements are dark brown thorns. The weft elements are light natural plant fibers. The weaving makes vertical wavy lines in light natual. The ends of the thorns are left exposed on the narrower portion of the trapezoid for the comb function. There is a turst of white feathers tipped with red at the wider corners of the trapezoid.