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Conibo jar

Conibo jar
ca. 1910
State of Amazonas, Brazil
Clay, paint
19 x 34 cm
Collected by Dr. William C. Farabee
Exchange with University of Pennsylvania Museum

Shipibo and Conibo peoples are noted for the intricate geometric designs they paint, carve, and embroider on clothing, people’s faces, war clubs and paddles, and pottery. These designs, derived from cosmological visions of murayá (shamans), evoke complex patterns found in nature, like the veins of leaves or the skin of the anaconda. Like the Shipibo people, the Conibo coat their pottery with a resin to make it shine and reflect the sun.

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