Shipibo Ceramic Bowl Set

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Hand-fired Clay. Natural Pigment
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The Shipibo produce some of the finest pottery in the world. Made by native Shipibo women, the pottery is adorned with hand-painted designs that are interpretations of their cosmic beliefs. By transforming the clay paste into a strong and solid material, the women can create large, thin, coil-built ceramics.

These bowls feature the Kené pattern (meaning ‘design’, ‘enclosure’ and ‘path’,) a type of artistic expression performed mostly by women from the Shipibo-Konibo community. According to Shipibo-Konibo narratives, women learned how to create their own designs by copying them from the body of a divine woman known as ‘Inka’: a concept which in Shipibo-Konibo language means ‘celestial’. The art of Kené expresses both the symmetry and asymmetry of the cosmic order, passing from the invisible to the visible world. To uncover this immaterial world covered by the Kené, it is needed to establish contact through the form of ritual.

Dimensions (approximate): 19.5cm x 7cm

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Shipibo-Konibo

The Shipibo-Konibo are recognized worldwide for their rich artistic tradition, which has also been a source of inspiration for contemporary Peruvian art. Their kené designs, characterized by geometric figures and original strokes, were declared cultural heritage of the nation in 2008.

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