Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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decorated marsupial skull
  • Guaraní peoples
  • decorated marsupial skull, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: São Paulo, Brazil
  • opossum (genus Didelphis) skull, seeds, feathers, gum resin, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 4.5 x 4.5 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 3 9/16 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6873

This is a small animal skull and mandible, which is held in place with string. There is a red seed in each eye socket, held in place with resin. There is a lump of resin between the eyes that holds a bright pink feather.