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, parrot feathers, feathers, pigment, carving, burning
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 x 3 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 11/16 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6220

The peg-like human figure has a cylindrical body of light natural colored wood, tapered at the neck and expanded for the head. The facial features are burned in. There is a thick band of dark brown plant fiber around the head and a tall grey feather and smaller feathers around the head. The torso is wrapped with dark brown plant fibers, once embellished with feathers. There is blue pigment at the neck.