The discoveries have been mainly ceramic vessels created in communities along Peru's north coast and in the Andes. The Museo Larco in Lima (click HERE for website) and the affiliated Museo de Arte Precolombino in Cusco (click HERE for website) have done brilliant jobs assembling and interpreting these vessels. The curator notes for each piece are among the best such notes I've seen in any museum anywhere.
Jane and I have been taking pottery classes, so during our fall trip to Peru we were particularly interested in seeing Pre-Columbian pottery. We looked at the vessels in terms of the craftsmanship (which was amazing) and as art objects. Fortunately, both museums allowed photography. Here are some of the vessels that caught our eye.
This piece (left) depicts a
a body for burial.
Almost all of the portrait
vessels, such as the one at right, are
thought to depict specific individuals.
The museum in Cusco had three vessels
said to be by different artists showing
the same person at three different ages.
|A graphic depiction of childbirth. |
|This reminded us of 20th-century Cubism.|
|We saw nothing else|
with swirls like this.
|Here's a bowl that could be easily copied |
by a competent potter today.