Amazon River Valley, Peru, Shipibo, ca. 1950 to 1970. A gigantic, beautifully decorated polychrome human effigy vessel of a dramatically, corsetted form with a flared rim from the Shipibo-Conibo tribe, an indigenous people along the Ucayali River in the Amazon rainforest in Peru. Quite captivating, the neck of the vessel presents a single face with low-to-high relief ears and nose and painted slit eyes and mouth. Adorning the face and compressed round body are mesmerizing, mazelike linear and stylized geometric motifs, perhaps representing tattoos or body paint, all in chocolate brown and russet red on a creamy white ground, the flared rim and lower half of the vessel in rich russet red. A wonderful example from the Shipibo presenting a rather unusual form. Size: 23.5" W at widest point x 23.5" H (59.7 cm x 59.7 cm)
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection, acquired before 2000
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