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Ritual Urn Ceramic: Antique Marajoara Style (new artwork)

Ritual Urn Ceramic: Antique Marajoara Style (new artwork)

This unique pottery vase depicts a glimpse of the Pre-Columbian Amazonian culture, a rare handmade terrakota vessel piece filled with tribal ceremonial patterns, and made by a local Amazon artisan.

This replica of a cultural archaeological Marajoara antiquity is a contemporary Brazilian terracotta red clay jar decorated with incised detailed geometric design and anthropomorphic images. The finish is a combination of smooth polish and rough textured hand-carved surface.

Hand-painted, hand etched clay, and signed by a Native Amazonian master potter craftsman, this Marajoara belongs to an era civilization that flourished at the mouth of the Amazon River. This culture produced some of the most unusual and elegant ceramics ever crafted in the New World. If you are a pottery lover, this is a rare affordable treat.

Regular price R$ 985,00 BRL
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Hand-Sculpted Pottery Art


29 cm height
24 cm length
24 cm width

(Weight excluding packaging 1,700 kg)


  • Traceability: an original artisan handcrafted fair trade product..
  • Certified: comes with an official Green-C card certifying quality & authenticity.
  • Exceptional Artisan Quality, signed by Marivaldo (Circa 1970’s).
  • Medium: Ceramic / Pottery


Brazilian Pottery, Tribal Art, Rustic, Signed Artwork, Native Ceramics, Made in Brazil, Antique Rare Vase, Pre-Columbian, Tapajônica Culture, Handmade Statue, Red Clay, Native American, Marajoara, Collectible


Crafted with care to be treasured for years to come.

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Marajoara - Ancient Ceramics From the Mouth of the Amazon Rainforest

Marajoara pottery is a remarkable testament to the sophisticated artistic and cultural traditions of the ancient peoples who inhabited Marajó Island in the Amazon region of Brazil. Produced between 350 and 1400 AD, these intricate ceramics offer a glimpse into the daily lives of these pre-Columbian societies.

Marajoara pottery encompasses a wide range of functional and ritualistic objects. Renowned for its exquisite artistry, figurines and funerary urns, often decorated with elaborate designs and motifs, provide valuable insights into the rituals and cultural beliefs of the Marajoara people.

The study of Marajoara pottery continues to shed light on the social, economic, and religious practices of these ancient peoples.

Marajoara Pottery - A testament to the rich history of the Amazon

One of the most distinctive features of Marajoara pottery - in terms of its symbolic significance - is its use of engobe, a type of white slip that provides a smooth base for intricate decorations. Designs range from stylized geometric patterns to detailed representations of humans, animals, and mythical creatures. These hybrid vessels, with their human-like forms and animal-like features, often depict references to the uterus on their central body. This symbolism underscores the profound significance in representing the cycle of life and death.

The Marajoara pottery is a testament to the artistic and cultural achievements of this ancient civilization. The intricate designs and motifs, the use of engobe, and the variety of forms and functions all contribute to the rich tapestry of Marajoara culture, truly a window into the past.

The Artist - Marivaldo

Born in the Brazilian Amazon (Circa 1970’s), Marivaldo is a son and grandson of ceramists, and has always been in contact with the artisan know-how of pottery. Marivaldo, nestled deep in the heart of the tropical forest, is renowned for his art pottery crafted in the Marajoara and Tapajônica style. His pieces are hand-painted and hand etched clay with mainly geometric timeless patterns.

Increasingly passionate and involved with works inspired by Amerindian arts, he realized the need to diversify and improve this practice, especially with regard to knowledge about these cultures. In 1998, he decided to rescue the research of artisan Master Raimundo Cardoso on archaeological ceramics from the Amazon. He began developing ceramic work inspired by archaeological pieces from the Amazon, and he joined the research project at the Goeldi Museum's archaeological department, which made this rich collection accessible to potters for research and production.

Marivaldo makes archaeological pieces using the same techniques used by these ancient societies. The vases, for example, are shaped by accordion, without the aid of a lathe. Likewise, the paints are always natural. In this sense, Marivaldo's work represents a local artist's contemporary look at ancestral Amazonian traditions.

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