Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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human figure
  • Guaraní peoples
  • human figure, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: São Paulo, Brazil
  • wood, plant fiber, feathers, carving, burning, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 11.5 x 7 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6218

The stylized human figure is made from a branch using the naturally occuring branches for two downward pointing arms and two legs. The body and head are a continuous piece. The facial features are burned onto the head and a dark brown plant fiber band and light blue feathers are on top of the head. The wide band of dark brown plant fibers defines the long neck above the arms.