Pre-Columbian Pieces

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Before Columbus discovered the civilizations of the New World, people lived and moved and had their daily lives. Though their cultures have been mostly subsumed by those of the Old-World invaders, it is still possible to get a peek at their world before contact by examining cloth, ceramics and the tools that they created and used every day.


This Moche woman from Peru (200 – 500 CE) with her necklace, ear ornaments and long dress very much resembles someone I chatted with in the supermarket recently. Here in agricultural Florida, you can run into migrant Mayan men at the convenience store on a Saturday nights and wonder at their perfect profiles.
Terracotta Moche Woman 
3 ¾” x 2 ¼”3 ¾” x 2 ¼” 
200 – 500 CE 

Theatre of Memory program: Pre-Columbian Pieces