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Figurine Seated in Canoe with Turtle

Arts of the Americas

The Carajá live in twenty-nine villages along the Araguaia River in central Brazil, including on the world’s largest riverine island, the Ilha do Bananal. Ceramic figurines such as the one seen here are made exclusively by women. Originally cultural teaching tools for girls, they are now made for sale to tourists. Canoes are used to travel along the rivers that are the lifeblood of the Carajá people and are thus essential to their way of life. However, river ecosystems in Brazil and elsewhere are threatened today by dams, mining, deforestation, overfishing, and pollution from commercial agriculture.
CULTURE Karaja
MEDIUM Ceramic, pigment
DATES mid-20th century
DIMENSIONS 11 3/16 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (28.4 x 10.8 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
ACCESSION NUMBER 62.180.19
CREDIT LINE Gift of Ingeborg de Beausacq
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Figurine sitting with hands on knees in a canoe with a turtle. The figurine and turtle shell are decorated with red and black painted designs. The bottom of the canoe is painted black. Condition (in 1963): Needs repair. Figurine and turtle have broken off the canoe. The canoe is broken across the prow and has been poorly repaired.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Karaja. Figurine Seated in Canoe with Turtle, mid-20th century. Ceramic, pigment, 11 3/16 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (28.4 x 10.8 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ingeborg de Beausacq, 62.180.19. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.62.180.19_view01.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.62.180.19_view01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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Karaja. <em>Figurine Seated in Canoe with Turtle</em>, mid-20th century. Ceramic, pigment, 11 3/16 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (28.4 x 10.8 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ingeborg de Beausacq, 62.180.19. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.62.180.19_view01.jpg)