Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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human figure
  • unknown Guaraní maker
  • human figure, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: São Paulo, Brazil
  • wood, plant fiber, feathers, carving, burning
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 x 10 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 11/16 x 3 7/8 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6216

The highly stylized human figure is carved from a branch. The main branch appears to be the body and head. The two branches directed downward appear to be very long arms. The head is pointed on top, possibly a headdress and the facial features are burned. There is a thick band of dark brown plant fiber wrapped around the neck that once had white feathers directed downward over the body.