A monumental Shipibo-Conibo masato effigy vessel

Fourth-Quarter 20th Century; Shipibo-Conibo people, Peru
The large vessel with polychrome, stylized snake geometric patterning
34" H x 41" Dia.

  • Notes: In the most sincere form of family homage to the matriarchal family tradition of pottery design, young women are expected to create their own unique geometric pattern that incorporates the patterns of their mothers and grandmothers. These unique patterns will be used throughout the woman's life becoming her signature. Design motifs are painted typically with fine brushes made from their own hair. The thickest lines or peshtin were applied first, then the thinner complex structures or wirish, followed lastly with the heavy lower sections and rim called the quenea. The thin walls of this monumental, coiled jar are slip glazed prior to the many of hours that it undoubtedly took to organize the complex line-work present in this example of the art.
  • Condition: Overall good condition with wear, scattered scuffs, scratches, and inherent firing flaws commensurate with age. With scattered chips, surface chips/abrasions, and repairs to the rim.

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