Pre-Columbian Art

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Pre-Columbian art refers to the Visual arts of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, North, Central and South Americas to the end of the 15th and early 16th century, and the period marked by the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.
Pre-Columbian art thrived throughout the Americas since at least 13 000 BCE for the European conquests and sometimes continued for some time thereafter. Many pre-Columbian cultures have no systems, write therefore visual art expresses cosmologies, worldviews, religion, and the philosophy of these cultures, as well as serve as a mnemonic devices.
During the period before and after exploration by Europeans and colonization of the Americas, indigenous native cultures produced a wide variety of Visual arts, including painting on textiles, leathers, rock and cave, body especially the faces, ceramics, architectural elements, including the inside of the wall paintings, wooden panels and other available surfaces. Unfortunately, many of the perishable, such as woven textiles, in general have not been preserved, but surface pre-Columbian painting on ceramics, walls and rocks have survived more frequently.

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Product Code: Ref.P123 - Country: Peru

Material: Ceramic. (HxWxD): 16x 15.5cm


8,700 — 9,200 USD
Type: Vase material: Ceramic.
Period: 200/300 A.D. authenticity: Original
Origin: Peru
Pre-columbian polychrome ceramics - Nazca culture.
Superb vase caliper polychrome ceramic double-necked.
The belly is decorated with a scene depicting a God cutter heads.
Peru Culture Nazca - 200 to 300 A.D.
Rare ceramic in perfect condition - no restoration
Very rare piece, ceramics from the Nazca culture are few
Dimensions: height 16 cm - diameter 15.5 cm
The Nazca culture is characterized by its beautiful polychrome ceramics, painted with at least 8 distinct colors. The passage from painting to painting fire post-pre-slip resin fire marked the end of Paracas-Nazca pottery style and early-style. The use of paint pre-focused slippage meant that a great deal of experimentation took place in order to know which slips produced certain colors. The ceramic forms include double-spout bottles, bowls, cups, vases, forms of effigy and mythical creatures. Archaeologists have excavated polychrome ceramics greatly appreciated among all classes of society Nazca, explaining that it was not only the elite who had access to them. Commoners were able to get these goods through festivals and pilgrimages to Cahuachi. In addition, clays coincide with the chemical signature of polychrome ceramics found throughout the southern region of Nazca were found near Cahuachi. However, there is no substantial evidence of pottery production at Cahuachi. The site was most likely a redistribution Center for pottery.


Zoomorphic vase depicting a dog. Beige terracotta orange brown decor. Traces of manganese oxide.
It is modeled camped on its legs, erect ears, incised eyes.
Mexico - Culture Colima - 100 B.C. to 250 A.D.
Length 22 cm, width 17 cm, height 11 cm


Vase / polychrome anthropomorphic Statuette. It shows a woman wearing a hat and holding her child.
Her arms, her breasts and her legs are outlined. pigments very well preserved despite a few gaps.
Culture Chancay, Peru, 1000-1400 A.D.
Terracotta beige remains of polychromy - height 28.5 cm - very good condition - no restoration


Pottery Olmec figurine of an "infantile figure", a common and distinct Olmec type.

Period: 1200-900 B.C. (Early Formative) 

Measurements: H: 12 1/4 x W: 13 1/8 x D: 6 5/16 in. (31.1 x 33.3 x 16 cm) 

Medium: earthenware, burnished slip, post-fire paint (red)    

This "mask" was created by the Olmec civilization between the 9th and 4th century BCE.

The object is carved from serpentine, a jadeite, commonly used in Olmec artwork. Due to its size 4 x 3-3/8 x 1-1/4 inches, the face is probably a depiction of an Olmec king. The Olmec people are more well-known for the colossal stone heads depicting their kings.

In many ways, this civilization is the "mother culture" of Mesoamerica and disseminated its practices and developments to the Aztec, Maya, and Zapotecs.

Pottery Olmec figurine of an "infantile figure".

Creator: Olmec Art.

Period: 1200-900 B.C. 

Measurements: H: 13 1/4 x W: 14 1/8 x D: 7 5/16.

Medium: earthenware, burnished slip, post-fire paint (brown)