Shipibo Joni Chomo

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Hand-fired clay with natural pigment.
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The Shipibo-Konibo have a rich and complex cosmology which have inspired their artistic traditions, notably in their ceramics and textiles. They are animists, and to them animals, vegetation, and non-biological beings have spirits just like humans that have two modes: material and spiritual.

This Joni Chomo, or human ceramic, is an anthropomorphic jar made by native Shipibo women. Adorned with hand-painted designs that are interpretations of their cosmic beliefs, the Joni Chomo embody a typical ceramic style of the Shipibo people from the upper Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon. These jars were typically made for traditional celebrations and is painted with the the traditional Kené (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): 14cm x 32cm

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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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