Perfect for your Christmas tree or an all-year decoration, this ball ornament has been handmade by a member of Peru's ancient Shipibo tribe. The Shipibo are well known for their traditional ceramic arts, which are often decorated with geometric patterns inspired by their ancestral cosmology. Each pattern is unique and attributed not to the individual artisan who created it, but to the collective consciousness of the entire tribe. As such, each piece shares a traditional tale of inspiration, ancient knowledge, and collective wisdom.
- Measures 1-1/2" in diameter
- Also available as a Bell, Vase, or Set of Three
Handmade and fair trade imported from Peru.
Shipibo art is well-known for its intricate designs, yet little understood by the outside world. Some anthropologists consider the geometric patterns an ancient language form; others speculate they represent an ancient cosmology, the mapping of the Amazon rivers or the shapes of an Anaconda. While anthropologists disagree on the exact meaning, art lovers may enjoy the elaborate design, soft curves and the light weight of each piece, which is handcrafted without the use of pottery wheels.
Shipibo ceramics have grown more involved over time, with sophisticated patterns passing from one generation of artisans to the next. Shipibo artisans, often the women of the village, are not formally trained. Rather, they're collectively inspired to create their own distinctive patterns and work together to produce a single piece. To an observer, each woman seems moved by the same artistic spirit; one woman can interrupt her work and assign another artisan to complete that particular piece. The finished art will look like it was made by a single artist. This is communal art at its finest.