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Permanent Collection: Art of the Ancient Americas

The Carlos Museum's collection of art of the ancient Americas is substantial, consisting of more than 1,900 pieces: over 1,300 from the William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau collection and nearly 500 from the Laurence C. and Cora W. Witten II Collection. The Museum is fortunate in the breadth and depth of the collection as a whole. All three principal cultural centers of the Americas are represented: Mesoamerica, Central America, and the Andes. Most of the important art-producing cultures --from the West Mexico to the Maya and Aztec, from Honduras to Panama, from the Chavín to the Inca-- can be appreciated during a visit to the permanent collection galleries. The Carlos Museum's collections are unusually strong in ancient Costa Rica, featuring over 600 works from all periods.


Link to Rosales Zoned Engraved Female Effigy   Rosales Zoned Engraved Female Effigy

Central America, Costa Rica, Guanacaste-Nicoya. Rosales Zoned Engraved. Period IV, 300 B.C. - A.D. 300. Ceramic, 12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (32.1 x 23.3 cm). 1991.4.344
  Link to Vessel in the Form of a Jaguar   Vessel in the Form of a Jaguar

Central America, Costa Rica, Guanacaste-Nicoya, Pataky. Polychrome, Pataky Variety. Period VI, A.D. 1000 - 1550. Ceramic, 12 1/16 x 8 7/8 in. diameter (30.2 x 22.2 cm diameter). 1991.4.337


Link to Openwork Headcloth   Openwork Headcloth

South America, Central Andes, Central Coast, Chancay. Late Intermediate Period, A.D. 1000 - 1470. Cotton, embroidered square mesh openwork, 32 x 32 in. (81 x 81 cm). Gift of William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau. 1989.8.163
  Link to Pair of Earspools   Pair of Earspools

South America, Central Andes, North Coast, Chímu-Lambayeque. Late Intermediate Period, A.D. 1000 - 1470. Gold-copper alloy and silver alloy, 3 x 4 7/16 in. diameter of disk (7.5 x 11.1 cm diameter of disk). Gift of Laurence C. and Cora W. Witten II. 1992.15.261a,b


Link to Paccha (Ritual Watering Vessel)   Paccha (Ritual Watering Vessel)

South America, Central Andes, Inca. Late Horizon, A.D. 1438 - 1550. Ceramic, 13 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 3 1/2 in. (33.8 x 12.8 x 8.8 cm). Gift of William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau. 1989.8.161
  Link to Lidded Bowl with Jaguar - Old Man Transformation Figure   Lidded Bowl with Jaguar - Old Man Transformation Figure

Mesoamerica, Highland Guatemala, Maya, Early Classic Period, A.D. 200 - 550. Ceramic, 7 7/8 x 4 5/8 in. diameter (19.7 x 11.6 cm diameter). Gift of Laurence C. and Cora W. Witten II. 1992.15.176


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