AMAZONIAN DECORATED CASSAVA ROOT GRATER W/ HUMAN FIGURE

Origin: N. Brazil/ Guyana, Amazon River, Likely Waiwai people   

Period/Date:  Early to mid 20th century    

Materials:     Wood, stone, seed, wax, charcoal, earth pigments

Description:  This classic old example is in excellent condition having the traditional waffled maze pattern on the top and bottom.  The focal point is a stylized human stick figure in the center, flanked by painted zigzag decoration.  Its surface is covered with embedded sharp shards of stone which facilitate shaving the cassava root.  Its back side shows details of rhythmic adze marks.  It has acquired a handsome varied patina from age and long use.  Its paint and surface is still 95 percent intact.  The writing on the back may refer to a previous owner or area it came from "caycayow"?

Dimensions:   Length 24.25"  (61.5 cm), Width 11.25"  (28.5 cm)

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