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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…

Moche Owl Warrior

This ceramic vessel of a supernatural owl warrior illustrates how the Moche people of northern Peru associated warriors and predators, likening warfare to hunting prey. These vessels frequently featured beings with characteristics of both people, plants and animals. Ancient America at the Field Museum, Chicago

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…

Mexican ceramics with optical illusions.

Hand-painted lines in a natural green pigment. Wow. This will get visitors in your house talking. Doesn’t need a thing in it! Source / Mata Ortiz Gallery, mataortiz.com

Fine Maya Figure of a Lord, Jaina<br>Late Classic, ca. A.D. 550-950 | Lot | Sotheby's

The natural position and the features of the ape, and the biologically correct number of its fingers imply that whoever made this ceramic vessel had seen real apes which were kept as pets on the north coast from the beginning of the Moche culture. © Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera, Lima, Peru

Photograph of a Moche (Mochica) ceramic pot vessel in the form of a monkey holding a jar and perhaps listening to it. The Moche culture began about 200 B.C., lasting to about 1000 A.C. inhabiting the North Coast of Peru. The Moche artists produced the only realistic or naturalistic fine art sculpture visual art in pre-Hispanic or pre-Columbian South America. Much Mochican clay pottery survives, often painted with red and white slip. Photography by Nathan Benn from a private collection in…

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