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Saturday Art: Art Institute of Chicago PreColumbian Americas Collection

Female figures

(Above;  rear,Tlatilco Tlatilco, Valley of Mexico, Mexico Female Figure, 500/400 B.C. and in foreground Chupicara Female Effigy, Guanajuato or Michoacan, Mexico, 200-100 B.C., Terracotta and pigmented slip)

The description is given as copied from signs in juxtaposition with the figures.   The link is to the description at the Institute’s online site, where you can find more, and excellent, figures of this sort.

As we explored last Saturday, an excellent collection of art from Precolumbian Mesoamerica and Central America, contained at the Art Institute of Chicago will be the subject of the next few posts here.

There are no substitutes for visiting this collection, and the Institute’s many others, but this will give some idea of what you should enjoy when you can.

If you click on a picture you will enlarge it.

Nicoya Nicoya, Guanacaste province, Costa Rica Grinding Table (Metate), A.D. 1/500 Volcanic stone 30.5 x 52.1 x 45.7 cm (12 x 20 1/2 x 18 in.)

Cheek piercing ceremony. Nayarit, Ixtlan del Rio, Nayarit, Mexico, 200 B.C./A.D. 300, Ceramic and pigment

Jalisco Ameca Valley, Jalisco, Mexico Storyteller Figure, A.D. 100/800

Stella below described in sign beneath it, click to enlarge.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

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