Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Urarina maker
  • sifter, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Chambira basin, Loreto, Peru
  • tomishi fiber?, palm leaf fiber, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 50 x 47 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 19 5/8 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5091

The flat square tray has a bundle of fibers around each edge. The bottom portion is woven from light and dark fibers, giving a striped effect. The edges are bundles of fibers held in place with plant fiber strings.

It was used to sift foreign matter from casava when making beer.