Beer Container (Máhuetan)

c. 1940
Diameter: 79 cm (31 1/8 in.); height: 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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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.
Beer Container (Máhuetan)

Beer Container (Máhuetan)

c. 1940

Amazonia, Peru, Ucayali River region, Shipibo people

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