University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native Namekencha
Object Number:65-10-190
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Peru
Rio Curanja
Culture Area: Amazonia
Maker: Chanadakani
Height: 12 cm
Thickness: 0.6 cm
Outside Diameter:19.3 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Kenneth M. Kensinger, 1965


Brown, covered with black smudges; top covered with black and white rectilinear designs. Black paint is genipap, white ashen water. All pottery paint is the above or achiote. Large rim with four lugs. Used in initiation rites, several times a day. Dry medicine used first and they dance around bowl; later used a spitoon during teeth blackening; shape crude and slightly different from usual kencha.

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