Some tribes, particularly those in the Indigenous Reserve of Xingu River, are producers of zoomorphic thrones, an ancient tradition since they serve to mark the hierarchy in those societies and are used by chiefs and healers.

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However, some Indians who make authorial work that goes far beyond craftsmanship have to be deemed as artists. The benches they make are functional sculptures, with qualities of perfect harmony, proportion, balance and movement.

Some of these Indians also produce small sculptures of animals and “beiju* shovels”, which are devices used to gather to dry manioc flour. These interesting works are made of wood, as pequizeiro (Caryocar brasiliense), sambaíba (Curatella americana) and pau-brasil (Caesalpinia echinata). We work with pieces of indigenous artists from Mehinaku ethnicities, Kuikuro, Kayabi and Tapirapé.

The Mehinaku banks displayed at the traditional Salone Internazionali del Mobile in Milan in 2015 were made by indigenous artists present in the collection of Brasiliana.

Prices: To qualify indigenous thrones as authorial works is necessary the look of an expert. And that’s where the curator Roberto Rugiero, from Brasiliana Art Gallery, is required. There is therefore an art market and a value to be monitored. In October 2016 these functional sculptures were appraised to be between 1,900 and 3,500 dollars. To find out the current price and availability of some of the works offered here, please contact us.

*beiju: a sort of tapioca’s recipe