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Amazon Ware Pot

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1983A69
Collection:Antiquities - South American
Date:1800 - 1900

Maker Information

Maker:Shipibo - View history


The Shipibo are an indigenous people from the upper Amazon River basin area. Their culture has survived intact through pressure from successive generations of outsiders, including the Incas and the Spanish invaders.Their distinctive pottery designs are characterised by broad angular geometrics, applied with brushes made from tree roots. (The Shipibo believe that these lines are used to order the world). Once decoration was complete, resin was smeared on the outside of the pot with a bone daubing tool, giving it a glazed appearence.Shipibo pottery is still made today for sale around the world to tourists and art collectors.

Purchased from B A Seaby and Sons Ltd.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Place of Origin:Peru
Place of Excavation:Upper Amazon, Peru


Height:130 mm