Aztec to Zapotec

Aztec to Zapotec: Selections from the Ancient Americas Collection features more than 180 works made prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the Europeans during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Representing a time period of more than 3,000 years, the exhibition is drawn from the Museum’s comprehensive Art of the Ancient Americas Collection and provides a rare glimpse into the life and culture of numerous civilizations from the North, Central and South American regions. Highlights include significant ancient works of gold, silver, jade, ceramic, shell and wood from the cultures of the Aztec, Maya, Moche, Nasca, Inca and Zapotec.

The Museum’s Ancient Americas Collection is considered to be the broadest and most representative collection of its type in the Southeast by Dr. S. J. K. Wilkerson, Director of the Institute of Cultural Ecology of the Tropics, Veracruz. Regarding the Collection, renowned University of Florida scholar Michael Moseley has stated, “…the Collection is magnificent. There are many very superb pieces … in conjunction with your other holdings it will put the museum on the map for Andean scholars.”

Ear Flare

Ear Flare

Unknown, Ancient Americas

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Effigy Vessel

Unknown, Ancient Americas

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Jaguar Warrior Figure

Unknown, Ancient Americas

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Seated Figure Urn

Unknown, Ancient Americas

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Shaman Figure Vessel

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Spondylus Shell-shaped Bottle

Unknown, Ancient Americas

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