Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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spinning top
  • unknown Urarina maker
  • spinning top, late 1800s–2002
  • Where object was made: Chambira basin, Loreto, Peru
  • gourd, wood, gum resin
  • Object Height/Diameter: 8.5 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 3/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5108

The spinning top is made from a small round gourd and a small peg-like handle of wood held in place with resin. There is a small resin knob at the bottom of the gourd and a small hole in the gourd. It is dark brown but the handle is a light natural color.

A palm fiber pull cord, which is not present, is used to make this spin.