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: 15.5 x 7.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6217

The sylized human figure is made from a branch following the naturally occuring form. The body and head are made from the main branch. One very long arm and two legs are natural branches. The head has a groove to indicate a neck and the facial features are burned in. The dark brown plant fibers that are wrapped around the torso and the top of the head were once embellished with feathers.