Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ceremonial staff
  • unknown Urarina maker
  • ceremonial staff, late 1800s–2002
  • Where object was made: Chambira basin, Loreto, Peru
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 128 x 7 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 50 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5112

The long, straight piece of wood is rectangular with rounded corners in cross section. It tapers toward a rectangle at one end with four notches on either side. It is light brown.

This is used both for percussion and balance during hallucinogenic curing sessions.