Indian Tribes of Eastern Peru Volume 9-10

Indian Tribes of Eastern Peru Volume 9-10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...pot, it is fired at once; if it is to be painted, a thin slip of very fine white clay is first applied, and when dry the decoration is laid on with a strip of bamboo. Yellow clay is used for yellow slip, and red stone for red slip. The large rough pots are placed in a slow open fire, and thoroughly burned. The large puberty pots are burned by placing them upside down on a tripod of three smaller pots, and covering them with a great heap of dry thorny bamboo, then a fire is built underneath, and fed with the same material. By this method very little smoke is produced, and the intensity of the heat can be controlled. The fine drinking bowls are treated very differently: a large pot with a hole in the bottom is placed on three stones, or more often three piles of inverted pots and the bowls to be fired are inverted inside the large pot. The first one is placed over the hole and ashes poured around and over it, and others are inverted over this, until the pot is full, or all are used. A slow fire is kept burning under the large pot until all are well baked, then they are taken out one at a time, and while hot, melted copal is poured over them. This accounts for the glazed appearance characteristic of this pottery. The various designs used in the decoration of the pottery must have had some symbolic significance in the beginning, but at present no one seems to know the symbolism. They say they have always used these forms. Similar designs are used in making their bead necklaces, in painting their cushmas, and in decorating their paddles, tobacco pipes, etc. The rough pottery is used for ordinary cooking purposes; the small bowls, for dipping food and drink from the larger pots; the larger bowls, for passing drink to guests; the larger jars with short...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236629892
  • 9781236629890