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miniature jangada (fishing boat)
  • Brazil
  • miniature jangada (fishing boat), early 1940s
  • Where object was made: Santarém, Brazil
  • wood, cloth, plant fiber, carving, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 24.5 x 10 x 30 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 9 5/8 x 3 15/16 x 11 13/16 in
  • Gift of Barbara Pirtle
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7240

The miniature rendition of a boat has a nearly flat, rectangular hull and a triangular cloth sail. The hull is made from four pieces of wood, and is slightly curved from from the back. The sail is attached to the one mast and there is a horizontal piece along the bottom of the sail that extends past one end. There is a pile of goods at the point of the sail, including a miniature basket, a coil of rope, a bundle of sticks, a wooden bowl, and assorted wooden items. It is a light natural color.