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Jay I. Kislak Foundation Maya Collections

 

The vast area of Precolumbian cultures in Latin America south of Mesoamerica is only sporadically represented in the Kislak Collection, and therefore not totally illustrative. For example, the ceramic traditions of the southern areas are as rich and diverse as Mesoamerica, but have not been a focus of our collecting. Highlights of these areas do include sumptuous goldwork and well-preserved textiles and featherwork, and are minimally represented here.
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HEAVY GOLD DOUBLE PENDANT
Panama
Cocle culture
A.D. 500-1200
Lost-wax cast gold
Ht. 10 cm (4"). W. 14 cm (5.5")
91.144.0.1
FIGURAL GOLD PENDANT WITH DANGLERS
Panama
Cocle culture
A.D. 500-1200
Lost-wax cast gold
Ht. 11.8 cm (4")
Kislak PC 0122
PLAIN WEAVE PONCHO
Coastal Peru
Huari culture
A.D. 700-1000
Handwoven, dyed, wool
114 by 165 cm (45" by 65")
85.1.0.1
FEATHER MOSAIC PANEL
Peru, South Coast
Huari culture
A.D. 700-1000
Yellow and blue macaw feathers on cotton fabric
68 by 238 cm (27" by 86")
Kislak PC 0014
PAIR OF BURIAL URNS
South America, Argentina
Santa Maria culture
A.D. 1000-1500
Three-color painted ceramics
Hts. 52 cm (20.5") and 56 cm (22")
Kislak PC 0169
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Author information: Justin Kerr, Lee Parsons

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