Precolumbian Art - South America

South America includes Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, 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 Argentina, the principal archaeological cultural phase is Condorhuasi-Alamito.


Royal Chimú Ear Ornaments

A choice pair of substantial silver plated Chimú ear ornaments. Anthropo-zoomorphic repousse decorations surround the center ring. The outer parameter...

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Nazca Polychrome Cactus Star Bowl

A colorful Nazca bowl dating from approximately AD 500-600 showcases a distinctive red, orange, brown, and tan star design with a central dot...

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Chimú Wooden Ceremonial Figure

This sizable and intricate sculpture depicts a Chiefton in ceremonial practice. It is an impressive standalone wood carving. He wears a tethered headdress.

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Chancay Cradleboard Litter

A finely made Chancay Cradleboard litter - kupulwe. Laid upon a bed of reed slats, a solid clay figure is nicely wrapped using a cotton textile blanket, secured

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Chancay Border Panel Fragment

Cotton and wool (camelid), bands of plain weave, slit tapestry weave with wrapping outlining waves, and edged with plain weave extended weft loop fringe...

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Fine Lambayeque Stirrup Vessel

Modeled image of the deity Naymlap, legendary hero king. A thick denticulated headband forms the base of the upper part of the spout. Three-tier tasseled...

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Chancay Wood Staff with Janiform Heads

This robust carved hardwood pole staff has a double human head finial. Diamond-shaped eyes with heavy cheeks. Wears a large, tall plume.

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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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Valdivian Owl Stone Plaque

This is a beautifully large-sized Valdivian limestone plaque. Bas-relief with deeply incised carvings. Calcium Carbonate incrustations throughout...

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Valdivian Monolith Six Sided Stone

The monolith limestone block in bas-relief is embellished with resounding, wide excised carvings on all six sides.

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Valdivian – Chorrera Stone Mortar

This feline is an exceptional and sturdy serpentine stone mortar made in the Transition Style. The tail of the mortar has a beautiful spiral perforation.

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Valdivian Semi-Abstract Stone Figure

Carved stone figurine with face and legs indicated (notched). Stylized in a semi-abstract form. Stage 2 Palmer Notched Incised. This Formative culture

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