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All Inca and South American Pottery - Ancient South American Art - Artemis Gallery

In the Andean area of South America (modern-day Peru), the Chavín civilization flourished from around 1000 to 300 B.C. The Chavín produced small-scale pottery, often human in shape, but with animal features. Representations of jaguars are a common theme in Chavín art. The Andean Moche ca. 100-800 A.D., were among the best artisans of the New World, producing portrait vases (Moche ware). They were also goldsmiths and weavers of outstanding talent. The Inca culture of Peru and Bolivia (ca. 1200-1580 A.D.) sculpted animal and human figures, but best known for its architecture at Andean sites such as Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

Did you know?

Most of the great works of art made in Central and South America before the voyage of Columbus have been found in tombs. Enormous amounts of time, energy, and materials were spent to properly equip the societies' leaders and the elite for their journey from this earth.