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ANCIENT AMERICAN ART

Representing numerous cultures in the Americas and Caribbean, the Ancient American collection contains works in ceramic, stone, wood, metal, shell, and textiles. Areas of particular depth include the earliest cultures of Central Mexico and their Teotihuacan and Aztec successors, the Zapotec of Oaxaca, and examples of Maya art showcasing the ballgame and hieroglyphic writing. Highlights of the collection include a Mixteca-Puebla mosaic Jaguar Pectoral, a Taino wooden Ritual Seat, and a silver Chimú Disc with images of spondylus shells. The exceptional strength of the collection comes from the generosity of Morton D. May, whose gifts comprise 84 percent of the Ancient American collection.

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Related Programs

Ancient Andean Art in the Collection
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, May 8, 11:00 am
Friday, May 9, 6:00 pm

Join Yumi Park, Assistant Professor of Art History, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, for a lively and informative discussion on the Ancient American Collection.

Ancient Mississippian Art in the Museum's Collection
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, June 12, 11:00 am
Friday, June 13, 6:00 pm

Join Amy Clark, Research Assistant, Ancient American Art, for a lively and informative discussion on the Ancient American Collection.

Learning Resources

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Representing numerous cultures in the Americas and Caribbean, the Ancient American collection contains works in ceramic, stone, wood, metal, shell, and textiles. Areas of particular depth include the earliest cultures of Central Mexico and their Teotihuacan and Aztec successors, the Zapotec of Oaxaca, and examples of Maya art showcasing the ballgame and hieroglyphic writing. Highlights of the collection include a Mixteca-Puebla mosaic Jaguar Pectoral, a Taino wooden Ritual Seat, and a silver Chimú Disc with images of spondylus shells. The exceptional strength of the collection comes from the generosity of Morton D. May, whose gifts comprise 84 percent of the Ancient American collection.

View our Ancient American Art Collection


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