Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bird figure
  • unknown Guaraní maker
  • bird figure, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: São Paulo, Brazil
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 x 3 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 7/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4754

The highly stylized bird figure is a roughly cylindrical form with a neck and head. It is white. The head once had a projection, possibly a beak, that is now broken off. Oval indentations on side of body are painted black and the area in front of each is painted black. There is a black chevron below each. It has a black band around the neck and black marks on the head may be the eyes.