South America, Upper / Western Amazon Basin, Ucayali River, Peru, Shipibo people, 20th century CE. A huge ceramic polychrome vessel with a human face in high relief at the top of the neck. A dark, earthy red, flat base terminates abruptly in a brown ring and then gives way to a creamy color decorated with labyrinthine lines and a projecting human face below a slightly flared, rolled rim. Shipibo vessels are visually distinctive and instantly recognizable, but they are also the result of a tempering technology that is millennia old and allowed them to create some of the largest, thinnest-walled vessels produced in the New World. These vessels are made by Shipibo women, as are their fantastic textiles. Size: 12.25" W x 18.5" H (31.1 cm x 47 cm)
Provenance: ex-Colorado Collection
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