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, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 46 x 41 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 18 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5092

The flat square tray's bottom is woven from light natural and light brown fibers in a diagonal pattern. The edges are bundled fibers held in place with plant fiber cords. There is a braided plant fiber cord handle at one corner.

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