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Shipibo Amazon Jungle Quempo Bowl - 4 In.

SKU: po96-06

Product Dimensions: 4 inches wide x 2.5 - 3 inches tall

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview:

For the Shipibo, pottery is distinctly female work.  Quempo is how the Shipibo refer to this type of flaring bowl, also known in the jungle as mocahua.  It is used to used to drink masato, a thick, yucca-based drink and for other fluids and therefore has external water-related motifs. The thin walls of this bowl are elegantly constructed so that the rim is narrower than the body.  A face is painted over slight protrusions of pottery for the eyes, nose, chin and ears.  Beautifully painted with fine Shipibo artistic patterns, typical of their work. Slight variations occur due to the handmade nature of this item.  Made by Shipibo women of Peru.
Detailed Information:
  • Fair Trade
  • Hand Made


The Shipibo people live near the Ucayali River in areas of eastern Peru in the Amazon Basin. These natives are extremely talented, making distinctive pottery that is traditional for their lifestyle. Shipibo vases and bowls are handmade and decorated using natural earth pigments. Their geometric designs are representations of their ayahuasca visions, making this type of pottery so unique and prized.

After the pottery pieces are created, decorated they are fired at low heat in open fires. After firing, the pieces are finished with a vegetable-based compound that makes them waterproof while creating a gorgeous sheen.

The sides of the pottery are thin, making each piece amazingly lightweight. After the pieces have dried in the warm sun for several days, the clay goes through the firing process. The white base color is created from a clay slip whereas the red and black geometric designs come from the process of boiling bark. Resin obtained from tree sap gives Shipibo pottery its unique glaze.

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