Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Karajá (Carajá) peoples
  • sword, 1970s
  • Where object was made: Goiás, Brazil
  • wood, plant fiber, macaw feathers, cotton string, carving, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 116.5 x 12 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 45 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 3/16 in
  • Gift of Haskell Springer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6490

The dark brown wooden sword is tapered at the point end but the handle is not narrowed. The handle is covered with woven plant fibers in light natural and brown in a vertical zigzagging pattern. There are short yellow feathers at either end of the wrapped portion and a band of string is wrapped at either end of the handle.