Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Karajá (Carajá) maker
  • comb, circa 1970
  • Where object was made: Goiás, Brazil
  • thorns, plant fiber, roseate spoonbill feathers, weaving
  • Object Height/Width: 9 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width: 3 1/2 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Haskell Springer
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0001

Trapezoid shaped comb with light colored plant fiber woven around black thorns to create a checkerboard-like pattern on upper 3/4 of the comb. Thorns are bare on the bottom 1/4 of the comb. A horizontal braid separates the two sections. Two small white feathers with red tips are attached to one of the top corners.