Dec 16, 2011

Beer Container (Máhuetan)

Beer Container (Máhuetan)

c. 1940

Ceramic, slip

Diameter: 79 cm (31 1/8 in.); height: 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)

Bequest of Elizabeth M. Skala 1992.129


Did you know?

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.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic, slip

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