Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > South > El Vergel


El Vergel ceramics featured large dishes used as funerary urns and jugs in the form of ducks (called ketru metawe in the local Mapudungun language), decorated with geometric motifs in red and black over a white glaze, or simply painted red. Using copper and sometimes silver they crafted bracelets, pendants and the emblematic square earrings. They also made pendants from the bones and teeth of sea lions. Their pottery also included ceramic pipes, which they sometimes made in the form of camelids. As the moist climate of the region was not conducive to preserving organic material, little is known about their textile art or woodworking, although the discovery of a well-preserved young woman buried in a ceramic urn shows evidence of very finely crafted textiles and a wooden spoon with the image of a human face upon it.