Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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baby's hammock
  • unknown Urarina maker
  • baby's hammock, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Chambira basin, Loreto, Peru
  • plant fiber, peccary bone, seeds, wood, netting, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 76 x 34 cm
    Object Length/Width: 29 7/8 x 13 3/8 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5166

The small hammock is for a baby. It has a wooden rod at either end with twisted plant fiber strings netted between. Most of the hammock is light natural colored but there are two stripes of dark brown, brown, and dark brown. There are two clusters of round dark brown seeds at one end and two pieces of bone (peccary scapulae) hang off one side. It has braided strings to tie the hammock to support.