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Pre-Columbian Art Collections - Into the Mind of the Collector

Howard Nowes - 8/26/2008

The diverse nature of the individuals involved in the collecting of Ancient and Ethnographic art makes it difficult to generalize their motivations, but in the modern sense it can be said that the collectors are all bound by the desire or reason to possess an object, and sometimes many objects, that symbolize something in the mind and give it value. What that symbol represents – art, history, culture, spirituality, mystery, heritage, wealth, knowledge, preservation, respect, honor, fame, and so many others - varies, while the object itself is summarized by its ability to invoke, inspire, and cultivate devotion to the ideal.

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Maya Polychrome Vessel with Young Maize God

Anthony Kurland, Jr. Ph.D - 04/09/2012

This ceramic is remarkable both for its shape and for the virtuosity its treatment of a common theme. The young maize god offers a cache plate of tamales to the dead. The setting is Xibalba. 

Sculptures in Stone are For the Eternity

Howard Nowes - 05/11/2015


The Pre-Columbian and Ancient Stone Sculpture Collection
Of The Late Art Historian Peter Arnovick, Ph.D.

  Special Exhibition During NYC’s Tribal Arts Week May 2015

The Beauty of Jamacoaque Ecuador

Dara Mayers - 06/24/2019

Jamacoaque Ecuador CeramicThe Beauty of the Jamacoaque 

The northern coast of Ecuador is renowned for its tranquil beaches and picturesque villages. In the Manabi Province there's a town named Jama, which derives its name from the Jama-Coaque people, who inhabited the densely forested coastal lowlands thousands of years ago. As far back as 500 BC the Jamacoaque were using canoes made of balsa wood to navigate the waters of the Pacific Ocean. They were a powerful and advanced society that established trade routes with Chile and Mexico, and created sophisticated and refined art. The Jamacoaque culture thrived for a thousand years, and left behind a spectacular bounty of art, artifacts and history.

Modern aesthetic from deep in the past...

Dara Mayers - 09/12/2019

Pre Columbian Nayarit CoupleLittle is known about the people of ancient West Mexico. They had no written language, and, unlike the Aztecs and Mayans, did not create any large scale art or monumental architecture. Virtually all we know of these cultures comes from their ceramic arts, which were buried in shaft tombs, deep in the earth, preserving them, sometimes remarkably well, for thousands of years.


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