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Pre-Columbian pottery is a highly developed form of creative expression in South and Central America that began in the fourteenth century. The potters here are well known for their excellent clay work and each artisan works in small family groups to learn their art as a tradition passed down from generation to generation. The function of these small pots is temporary household storage, but throughout the years these practical pots and their unique designs have also become fine pieces of…

David Deal demonstrates a verse by verse correspondence between creolized Phoenician and Hebrew phrases of the Torah. The Mayan’s sacred book, the ‘Popol Vuh’ (book of the community), starts with a creation story that closely mirrors that of the Old Testament. It goes on to tell of a migration of the people across a sea that was split such that they were able to walk dry shod.

The history of Mata Ortiz, both the village and the pottery, can be traced through the archeological remains of nearby Paquimé, a pre-Columbian city state. more than any archeologist, a young local boy, Juan Quezada, revived the spirit of the lost people of Paquimé. And, in turn, those long gone artists revived the floundering village of Mata Ortiz.

Mata Ortiz Pottery,  Manolo Rodriguez. Size: 10½" Tall 25" Circumference. Manolo Rodriguez Guillen is an amazing innovative artist. This time he created an exquisite sculptured theme olla symbolizing the mythical importance of corn or maize in Native American and pre-Columbian civilizations.

COSTA RICA | Frog Pendant, 11th–16th century. Costa Rica. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Jan Mitchell and Sons Collection, Gift of Jan Mitchell, 1991 (1991.419.1) #WorldCup