Figurine Seated in Canoe with Turtle
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
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.
11 3/16 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (28.4 x 10.8 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Ingeborg de Beausacq
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.
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)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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