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Handmade Indigenous Female Ceramic: Antique Tapajônica Style (new artwork)

Handmade Indigenous Female Ceramic: Antique Tapajônica Style (new artwork)

This stunning piece of art offered here is a replica of an Indigenous Female, made by a local Amazon artisan.

This Brazilian ceramic vessel is decorated with a Pre-Columbian Tapajônica style ancient look, a mysterious culture that produced some of the most unusual and elegant ceramics ever crafted in the New World. With incised detailed geometric design decorating the main anthropomorphic figure, the finish is a combination of smooth polish and rough textured hand-carved surface.

Handmade and signed by an awarded native Amazonian master potter craftsman (Circa 1970’s), this is a new artwork piece created just for you. A must have for the discernible pottery connoisseur or collector.

Regular price R$ 2.250,00 BRL
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Product Detail

Hand-Sculpted Pottery Art


29 cm height
32 cm length
24 cm width

(Weight excluding packaging 2,929 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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Tapajós Pottery - Unveiling the Enigmatic Legacy

Tapajós pottery, crafted by the ancient Tapajó people between 500 and 1400 AD, stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Amazon region. These remarkable ceramics, discovered primarily in the Tapajós River basin in Brazil, offer a unique glimpse into the beliefs, rituals, and daily lives of this enigmatic society.

Tapajós pottery transcends mere functionality. The intricate decorations and motifs that adorn these ceramics provide invaluable insights into the complex symbolism and worldview of the Tapajó people. The pottery features a rich repertoire of geometric, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic designs, often arranged in intricate patterns.

These motifs are imbued with profound symbolic meaning. Geometric designs, such as triangles, spirals, and meanders, represent cosmological concepts, such as the cycles of life and death, the relationship between the human and spiritual worlds, and the interconnectedness of all things. Zoomorphic motifs, featuring stylized representations of animals such as snakes, jaguars, and birds, symbolize the power and attributes of these creatures, which were often revered as deities or spirit beings in Tapajó mythology.

A Window into a Lost Amazonian Culture

Tapajós pottery continues to fascinate archaeologists and art historians alike. Its intricate designs, captivating symbolism, and unique artistic style provide a valuable window into the beliefs, rituals, and social organization of this ancient Amazonian culture, leaving an Enduring Legacy. Ongoing research and excavations continue to shed light on the cultural significance of these ceramics and the broader context of the Tapajó society. Preserving and studying this unique artistic legacy is essential for ensuring that the voices of these forgotten cultures are not silenced forever.

The significance of Tapajó pottery extends beyond the borders of the Amazon region. Its designs and sophisticated symbolism have inspired contemporary artists and craftspeople worldwide, contributing to a global dialogue about cultural heritage and artistic expression, and as a powerful reminder of the interconnectedness of cultures when celebrating the diverse artistic traditions of humanity.

By studying and interpreting these remarkable ceramics, we can unlock the secrets of a lost world and gain a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the Amazon region.

The Artist - Marivaldo

Born in the Brazilian Amazton (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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