Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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boat model
  • Panama
  • boat model, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Sambú, Río, Panama
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 23.5 x 20.5 x 75 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 9 1/4 x 8 1/16 x 29 1/2 in
  • Gift of Bert R. Betz and Theresa Betz Taylor
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4865.01

The large wooden model of a boat is assembled with wooden pegs. The boat has a pointed roof over a portion near the pointed front. There are triangular wooden cut outs at the edge between the roof and the front. The back of the boat is not pointed and there is a flat piece that was once attached at the top, but is now separate. There is a wooden zigzag, decorated with a blue zigzagging line that is currently not attached.

The hull has a wide band of blue decoration in the middle. There are thinner blue chevrons below the wide band on one side and blue triangles on the other. There are blue triangle outlines and semicircles at the top of the boat and three series of line decorations that resemble swastikas near the front on one side and triangles with semicircles at the front with square outlines at the back on the other side. The roof is decorated with blue lines and zigzags in an erratic pattern and with blue triangles along the point.

The interior of the boat is undecorated.