Diameter: 79 cm (31 1/8 in.); height: 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)
Bequest of Elizabeth M. Skala 1992.129
This jar is a beer keg used during festivals in the Shipibo-Conibo area of Amazonian Peru.
Jars like this one are used as beer kegs during multi-day feasts. The shape and colors may reference a tiered cosmos, graduating from the earthen tones of the dark underworld to the bright, light-filled celestial realm. Perhaps extending this idea, the brown, tapered base is buried in the earth to keep the vessel’s contents cool.
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