GUAPA or TRAY
This tirite fiber tray with a geometric design and four cats was handwoven by Ye’kwana men of the Venezuelan Amazon.
Basketry is often considered a functional art due to the duality of baskets as both cultural artifacts and functional quotidian objects. Due to this duality, baskets can be found in both museum displays and daily use, depending on the location and implementation of the owners.
These pieces are emblematic of the shared function that the craft enjoys: produced for utilitarian purposes, they are also valuable products of a fascinating culture.
The differing techniques and diverse motifs found in Amazonian weaving are all unique to the culture that produces them, invested with distinct social meaning and significance.
Venezuela’s tropical rainforest is rich with natural variety, providing indigenous cultures with an amazing variety of plants from which to produce their baskets. From bamboos to lianas; straws to palm fronds: these materials are implemented in the creation of trays; baskets; bowls; musical instruments; fans and many more objects. From the profane to the sacred, weaving is an instrumental means through which Amazonian people create objects.
THIS ITEM IS ELEGIBLE FOR RETURN WITHIN 30 DAYS OF RECEIPT IF UNUSED AND IN ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION.
Geometric Design and Four Cats
H5.08cm x W45.72cm x L45.72cm