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Quíbor Local Customs

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    by atufft Written Jul 4, 2007

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    There are a wide variety of furniture and other art, which I can't show here. The prices of the objects show above are variable in price, but are in any case a bargain compared to what import shops in Europe and the USA would sell them. See however my Packing Tip for transporting these things home. The first image shown here is of a carved piece of slate showing a traditional Christian theme done the Quibor way. The second is a low-fire tooled red clay bowl. Many of the type of clay work exemplified by the red clay work are designed to be used in the kitchen, but my wife has chosen to only use them as oraments. The price and value of these is determined in part by the quality of materials, firing technique, and decorative artwork. Among the many things at Quibor is a large volume of hastily made ceramics with that are painted, not fired, and as such are sold to the domestic market of Venezuelan tourists looking for cheap souvenirs and gifts. We have tended to look for the best and stuff them in our luggage for the risky flight home because in general we find these objects of art a great value.

    Slate Wall Hanging Chicken Bowl
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    by atufft Written Jul 4, 2007

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    In recent years, the discovery of pre-Colombian art by archeologist has inspired reproduction of such for tourists. These are very unusual and may not be easily found in Quibor, but must be found at special shops in Caracas or Valencia. The ones shown here were purchased in Valencia, but were produced in Quibor. Note again the mother and child themes, suggesting use as a fertility symbol. Then, there a numerous other small figures that appear to represent indigenous gods. Despite the apparent crude nature of the work here, close examination shows considerable artistic talent both in terms of executed design and use of multiple-colored clays.

    Large Fertility Vessel Small Dieties Large Pre-Colombian Figure Multi-colored Clay Vessel Multi-colored Clay Vessel
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    by atufft Written Jul 4, 2007

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    In the desert region around Quibor are a number of hardwoods that are of considerable value and weight. The wood workers carve these into a variety of religious and secular designs, often based upon the original shape of the wood. Note the two branch Joseph and Mary wood statue shown here.

    Christ Icon in Hardwood Joseph & Mary Statue in Wood Large Tropical Fruit Lady in Wood
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Quíbor What to Pack

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    by atufft Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Bring your luggage, boxes, and even packing material because the Quibor vendors typically don't have much in stock for packing these fragile items. We have lost a few items, but generally, on the return trip home, we surround our ceramics with lots of clothing, and we do use luggage, not backpacks. The stone and wood items are simply wrapped in cardboard and tossed on the luggage conveyor, but in recent years the airlines have been much more stingy about how much one can bring back. In general though American Airlines flying from Venezuela is as generous as one will find.

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