Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Shipibo ainbo chomo

Please follow this link to see an intricately decorated vessel was made by a Shipibo potter, from the Upper Amazon in Peru. It is part of the National Museum of the American Indian's Infinity of Nations exhibition, which is now on tour in New York. As described by Peter Roe of the University of Delaware, the designs on the outside of the vessel represent Shipibo ideas about how the universe is patterned. This ceramic tradition is many thousands of years old, and significant continuities persist between the archaeologically recovered ceramics of the Peruvian Amazon, and the pottery produced by Shipibo potters today.

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