Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mecate (short rope)
  • unknown Ne'ivi Davi (Highland Mixtec) maker
  • mecate (short rope), 1989
  • Where object was made: Jamiltepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • plant fiber
  • Object Length/Diameter: 214 x 1 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 84 1/4 x 3/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5482

The short length of a small diameter rope is made from twisted plant fibers. It is a light natural color.

It was used for tying loads (water jugs, etc) to burros.