Pre-Columbian art refers to the visual arts of indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, North, Central, and South Americas until the late 15th and early 16th centuries, and the time period marked by Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Pre-Columbian art thrived throughout the Americas from at least, 13,000 BCE to 1500 CE. Many Pre-Columbia...
Pre-Columbian art refers to the visual arts of indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, North, Central, and South Americas until the late 15th and early 16th centuries, and the time period marked by Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Pre-Columbian art thrived throughout the Americas from at least, 13,000 BCE to 1500 CE. Many Pre-Columbian cultures did not have writing systems, so visual art expressed cosmologies, world views, religion, and philosophy of these cultures
Mesoamerica or Meso-America is a region and culture area in the Americas, extending approximately from central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, within which a number of pre-Columbian societies flourished before the Spanish colonization of the Americas in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Prehistoric groups in this area are characterized by agricultural villages and large ceremonial and politico-religious capitals. This culture area included some of the most complex and advanced cultures of the Americas, including the Olmec, Zapotec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Mixtec, Totonac and Aztec among others.
Isthmo - Colombian area 700 - 1530 AD
The Isthmo-Colombian Area is defined as a cultural area encompassing those territories occupied predominantly by speakers of the Chibchan languages at the time of European contact. It includes portions of eastern Honduras, Caribbean Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and northern Colombia.
By the first millennium, South America's vast rainforests, mountains, plains, and coasts were the home of millions of people. Estimates vary, but 30-50 million are often given and 100 million by some estimates. Some groups formed permanent settlements. Among those groups were the Chibchas (or "Muiscas" or "Muyscas"), Valdivia and the Tairona. The Chibchas of Colombia, Valdivia of Ecuador, the Quechuas and the Aymara of Peru and Bolivia were the four most important sedentary Amerindian groups in South America.
A Michoacan Terracotta Figure circa Ca. 200 BC. to 200 AD West Mexico Flat bodied standing female figure with modeled headdress, necklace and ear-spools. Size: 13 x 6 cm Material: Terracotta Period: c. 200 B.C. - 200 AD Condition: Intact Provenance: Belgium private collection F.C.
Tairona necklace with small greenish beads with large carnelian bullet shaped beads. Size: 50 cm Material: Carnelian, stone Period: c. 800 - 1500 AD
Size: c.16 x 20 cm Period: c. 100 B.C. - 250 AD Material: Terracotta Condition: Some chipping on his right fingers and toes, otherwise intact. Provenance: Collection of Albert J. and Monique Grant, NYC., acquired 1950s-60s, collection #250.
Maya eccentric flint. Stylized figure, petaloid shaped flint Perfect condition. Size: 11,5 cm Period: c. 300 B.C. - 500 AD Origin: Belize Provenance: Totem Collection, collected, before 1977
Terracotta long double chambered flute, from Colima culture. Size: c. 30 cm Period: c. 200 BC - 250 AD Origin: Colima, West Mexico Provenance: Totem collection, collected before 1975.
Very nice stone carved mace head. Shaped as a fishy human skull. Size: 13,5 x 8,5 cm Period: 0 - 500 AD Origin: Nicaragua, Ometepe island. Provenance: Totem collection, collected before 1975.
Stone Chavin mortar with pestle, decorated with mythical jaguar figures. Traces of red cinnabar on outside mortar. Very good condition. Size: 9,5 x 13 cm (pestle 21 cm) Period: c. 900 - 200 B.C. Material: Stone
Small redware pottery dog, standing on four legs with raised rear and tail spout. Depicted with a plump stomach and perked ears. Two-tone red painted surface with scattered strong black deposits Period: 100 B.C. - 250 A.D. Size: 30 x 18 cm Material: Terracotta Provenance: ex. Dr. David Harner collection, Arkansas, 1950s-1960s. Collection # AA.70.
Terracotta Chupicuaro male figure wearing a large protective conical penis cover and banded headdress with a central button element. Loss to a decorative element on feet, otherwise intact. Size: 8,7 cm Material: Terracotta Period: c. 400 - 100 B.C. Origin: Mexico Provenance: Collection of A. J. and M. Grant, NYC., acquired 1950s-1960s
Olmec stone standing figure, holding it's hands beside body. Size: 9,5 cm Period: c. 1000 - 400 B.C. Material: Stone Condition: Intact Provenance: Collection Albert J. & M.Grant U.S.A. 1950's - 1960's.
Small carved white marble ovoid cup having a carved, projecting avian head at the rear rim. Relief carved lower rim band of overlapping scales and a lower band of smoke curls. Overall scattered areas of encrustation and root marks. Intact, exc. cond. A rare and beautiful example. Private Nevada collection, acquired 1988 from Alan Rosen, Florida....