The Shipibo Indians live in the remote Amazonian rain forest of eastern Peru. These enormous vessels must be considered the most accomplished of all contemporary aboriginal ceramics of this hemisphere. They were made for the brewing of a weak beer that was drunk in communal ceremonies. They were not made on a potter’s wheel but rather hand-built, decorated and fired by Shipibo women. The complex patterns are very similar to ancient ceramics produced around 300 AD on an island at the mouth of the Amazon – thousands of miles away.

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