Precolumbian Art - South America

South America includes Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina

In pre-Columbian Colombia, the principal archaeological cultural phases are Calima, Sinu, Chibcha, Quimbaya, San Agustin, Tairona, Cauca, Nariño, Muisca, Tumaco, and Inca.

In Pre-Columbian Ecuador, the principal archaeological cultural phases include Las Vegas, Valdivia, Machalilla, Cotocollao, Chorrera, Narrio, La Tolita, Guangala, Jamacoaque, Jambeli, Capuli, Bahia, Puruha, Cuasmal, Manteno, Huancavilca, Milagro – Quevedo, Atacames, Canari, and Inca.

In Pre-Columbian Peru, the principal archaeological cultural phases are Chavin, Huari/Wari, Paracas, Vicus, Recuay, Nazca, Salinar, Mochica/Moche, Tiahuanaco/Tiwanaku, Chimu, Ica, Chancay, and Inca.

In Pre-Columbian Bolivia, the principal archaeological cultural phases are Chiripa, Yaya-Mama, Tiahuanaco/Tiwanaku, Huari/Wari, Moxos, and Inca.

In pre-Columbian Argentina, the principal archaeological cultural phase is Condorhuasi-Alamito.


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Painted Stone Tablet c. 3800 – 2200 BP

This gray volcanic stone is painted monochrome red in the Antimpampa style. The prominent motifs are anthropomorphous and zoomorphic figures.

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Chancay Crocodilian Vessel

It is a gorgeous Chancay vessel of substantial size. Black-on-white paint patterns throughout the front, back, neck, and looped handles. Solid zigzag nested...

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Chancay Female Cuchimilco

This is a large Chancay Cuchimilco Female Figure.  Hollowed ceramic earthenware. The body and paint are nice and uniform. Dotted triangular shapes with step...

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Pair of Chancay Cuchimilco Figures

An excellent opportunity to acquire a pair of cute Chancay clay figurines. Measuring 7.5”/19.05 cm and 7.3”/18.54 cm in height. Fired clay painted in cream with

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Chancay Jaguar Vessel c. 900 -1400 A.D.

It is a lovely Chancay vessel with a rounded body, wide lip, and strap handles. A crouching Jaguar projects outwards with all four legs within the neck area.

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Large Chancay Wooden Scepter

A hansom and large Chancay wooden scepter/staff. Made from light wood (Alder tree) that measures 21" in length. Iconic homogeneous face finial.

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Inca Serpentine Stone Axe

A dark green "T-shaped" Serpentine Inca stone axe. Polished on both sides with perforation hole. One side of the stone has been cleaned by the prior owner.

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Inca Axe Blades c. 1400 A.D.

A pair of heavy ornamental bronze circular axe blades with irregular form. Both are cast and hammered on the cutting edge. One has a crescent-shaped blade...

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Inca Bronze Jaguar Tumi

An excellent Inca bronze tumi with complete Jaguar.  This ceremonial knife has a short, thick handle and a rarer oval-shaped Half-moon gilded blade.

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Paracas Copper Short Spear

Paracas Copper Short Spear. This extraordinary bi-point artifact is uniquely shaped and bears iconographic importance. It is produced from native copper,

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Paracas Wood, Stone and Feather Club

An exceptional Paracas wooden club. One of the hardest items to come by intact from this region with these outstanding features. The wood handle is probably

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Fine Set of Moche Bronze Tumi

A fine set of large Moche Bronze Tumi. Each ceremonial knife is crowned with a figurine of a warrior wearing a combination of different battle-ready garments

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