Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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animal figure
  • Guaraní peoples
  • animal figure, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: São Paulo, Brazil
  • wood, plant fiber, weaving, carving, burning
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 15 x 8 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6219

The highly stylized animal is made from a branch using the naturally occuring branching pattern. The body consists of four branches representing a neck, two limbs and a tail. The neck has three rings burned around it, a small mouth and an eye burned into the end for a face. Opposite the neck is a branch covered with dark brown and light natural plant fibers woven into a checkerboard pattern. The longer leg also has three rings burned around it and the short leg has one ring burned around it.