Female Figure Funerary Urn

Female Figure Funerary Urn

400–1500 CE
Culture
Marajó
Locale
Marajó Island
Country
Brazil
Object
urn, funerary urn
Medium
Slip-painted ceramic
Accession Number
2006.20A-D
Credit Line
Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer

Unknown Marajoara artist, Marajó Island, Brazil. Female Figure Funerary Urn, 400–1500 CE. Slip-painted ceramic, 27 ¾ x 15 inches. Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2006.20A-D.

Dimensions
height: 27 3/4 in, 70.4850 cm; diameter: 15 in, 38.1000 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Arts of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Arts of the Ancient Americas
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Female Figure Funerary Urn
About A.D. 400–1300
Brazil, Marajó Island
White-slipped earthenware with pigment
Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2006.20 A-D

This burial urn is too small to hold an intact human body. Instead, the corpse was first buried or held in a temporary location until the flesh decayed. The bones were then cleaned and perhaps coated with red ochre pigment. The burial urn’s female form suggests rebirth in the afterlife.