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Pre-Columbian Style Pot with Dogs, Mexico

Pre-Columbian Style Pot with Dogs, Mexico

Regular price $250.00 Sale

Pre-Columbian Style Pot with Dogs, c. 1940
Mexican Ceramic
clay, pigment
3" high x 4" diameter

Provenance: Private collection of Rose and Cecil Quintana, Portland, OR

This pot is an early replica of the ancient pre-Columbian pottery dating at least 13,000 BCE to the European conquests starting in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

The first Pre-Columbian art to be widely known in modern times was that of the empires flourishing at the time of European conquest, the Inca and Aztec, some of which was taken back to Europe intact. 

Many Pre-Columbian cultures did not have writing systems, so visual art expressed cosmologies, world views, religion, and philosophy  of these cultures. Artisans of the Ancient Americas drew upon a wide range of materials including clay, obsidian, gold, bone, shell and stone, creating objects that included the meanings held to be inherent to the materials.

These cultures often derived value from the physical qualities, rather than the imagery, of artworks, prizing aural and tactile features, the quality of workmanship, and the rarity of materials. Various works of art have been discovered large distances from their location of production, indicating that many Pre-Columbian civilizations interacted amongst each other. Moreover, many societies used raw materials carried from far away, suggesting difficulty of acquisition as a source of value.

For many of these cultures, the visual arts went beyond physical appearance and served as active extensions of their owners and indices of the divine. As spirituality was very prevalent among pre-columbian cultures, themes of the deities and ritual worship were often the subjects of artwork.