Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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miniature boat chest ornament
  • Brazil
  • miniature boat chest ornament, 1970s
  • Where object was made: Brazil
  • wood, plant fiber, macaw feathers, cocoi heron feathers, roseate spoonbill feathers, cotton string, carving, burning
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 15.5 x 13 x 54 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 6 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 21 1/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b 18.5 x 7 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b 7 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 9/16 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: c 16.5 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: c 6 1/2 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Haskell Springer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4871.a,b,c

The wooden canoe (2007.4871.a) has two highly stylized figures. The ends of the canoe are burned dark brown and the middle is decorated with dark brown chevrons. There are clusters of white and gray feathers at either end of the canoe. Two figures stand in the canoe. Each consists of two stacked tassels of plant fiber on a small wooden rod. One (2007.4871.c) is topped with white and gray feathers. One (2007.4871.b) is topped with white and red feathers.

Twisted plant fiber string is stretched from one end to the other and allows this to be worn around the neck.