Brazil’s Scowling Boat Figureheads from the São Francisco River

I thought I would share a few photos I took recently from an exhibition of carrancas – boat figureheads – which are currently on display at the Pinacoteca art gallery.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

The word carranca also means scowl, and these figureheads are a phenomenon which are only found in the norteast region of Brazil. The carrancas are typically humans, animals or imaginary beasts, and are said to protect the boatmen from evil spirits.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Carrancas first came to the wider public’s attention with the photo journals of Marcel Gautherot, Pierre Verger and Antoine Bom in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

2 responses to “Brazil’s Scowling Boat Figureheads from the São Francisco River

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