Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Venezuela
  • hammock, late 1800s–1927
  • Where object was made: Península de Paraguaná, Venezuela or Northeast Venezuela
  • plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 332 x 248 cm
    Object Length/Width: 130 11/16 x 97 5/8 in
  • Gift of Alfred Gray
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7297

The rectangular hammock's main portion is a light natural color with longitudinal stripes in pink, green, dark purple, and yellow. The ends of the woven panel have lengths of twisted plant fiber cord forming a triangle at either end joining into a loop that is wrapped with more plant fiber string. On either side of the hammock is a decorative border of pointed tabs that would hang downward when the hammock is suspended. Within each tab is a dyed square in alternating colors of purple, blue-green, pink, and yellow and at the end of each tab and in between the tabs are tassels in purple, natural, blue-green, and pink.