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Shipibo Pottery Figural Vessels of a Man and Woman

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Americas: Latin American: Pre 1950: Item # 1154083

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Shipibo Pottery Figural Vessels of a Man and a Woman, Peru, ca. 1950 CE. Sold as a pair. Wonderful Shipibo couple. Original Amazonian art. Hand painted, each piece has a unique design that is passed down from one generation of women to the next. The art form is not very well understood by the outside world. The artists themselves believe they are inspired to create each distinctive pattern. This is a 2nd generation pair, unusual for the amount of time it has been preserved. Both are 15" in height and in excellent condition. For more in-depth information read Dr. Dan James Pantone's article at this link: The Shipibo-Conibo live in the 21st century while keeping one foot in the past, spanning millennia in the Amazonian rainforest. Many of their traditions are still practiced, such as ayahuasca shamanism. Shamanistic songs have inspired artistic tradition and decorative designs found in their clothing, pottery, tools and textiles. Some of the urbanized people live around Pucallpa in the Yarina Cocha, an extensive indigenous zone. Most others live in scattered villages over a large area of jungle forest extending from Brazil to Ecuador. Shipibo-Conibo women make beadwork and textiles, but are probably best known for their pottery, decorated with maze-like red and black geometric patterns. While these ceramics were traditionally made for use in the home, an expanding tourist market has provided many households with extra income through the sale of pots and other craft items.