DescriptionMarajo Monumental Red and White Urn
Marajo Island, Amazonas
Ça 500-1400 AD
21" High x 14½" Wide
Vessels from Marajo, a very large island located between the Amazon and the Para Rivers, are generally heavy and covered with images, depicting mythological beings. This large vessel represents a human figure portrayed by means of paint and ceramic details applied before firing. The swirling designs on the body suggest the ancestral serpent upon which much of Marajoara iconography is based. Archaeologist Denise Schaan has shown that surface decoration created in this manner is actually iconographic language. Daniel Schoepf, retired curator of the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva, Switzerland and expert in Amazonian art, has seen this urn and affirms that it is authentic. The vessel was formerly part of the Gerard Geiger collection, Lausanne, Switzerland.
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