Pre-Colombian Cultures

 
 

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Colossal head no.6, Olmec culture, basalt stone sculpture, c. 1000-600 BC,...

Funerary mask, stone covered in multicoloured mosaic of jade, coral, turquoise...

13 snakes goddess, accompanying urn, Zapotec culture, 600-1642 AD


Temple of the Sun, Palenque, Mexico (Mayan city which flourished c.600-750 AD,...

Reconstruction of tomb 104 at Monte Alban, Mexico, Zapotec culture

Atlantes (figures of men as columns) on top of Temple of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli...


Overview of the archeological site, Zapotec city of Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico

Ball game player, relief on disc, 590 AD Mayan, from Chinkultic, Mexico

Portrait vessel called Laughing Man, ceramic, Mochica culture c. 200 BC - 700...


Pair of burial gloves, gold, Mochica culture, c. 200 BC - 700 AD, Peru

Female idol, gold, Inca culture, 13th-15th century, Peru

Sacred quarter of the Intihuatana (place of sun god Inti), Inca culture...


Palace of Palenque, Mayan Classical period 4th-10th century, Palenque,...

Castillo or Great Pyramid and Palace of 1000 Columns, Mayan and Toltec city of...

Chacmool (reclining figure upon which offerings were placed), Aztec (Mexica)...


The Ancestor, sculpture, Zapotec millenial culture, classical period, 200 AD -...

Pendant, falling eagle, gold, Zapotec, from tomb 7 at Monte Alban

Pectoral, the god Xochipilli, gold, Zapotec, from tomb 7 at Monte Alban


Woman wearing earrings and necklace, censer holder, painted terracotta, 9th...

Mask, with earrings, from Teotihuacan, Mexico

The governor Ahkal MO'NAHB III, 723-729 AD, from panel of slaves from building...


Chac mool of sanctuary of rain god Tlaloc, representing divine messenger...

Caracol, astronomical observatory, 750-900, Mayan, Toltec, southern zone,...

The Church, Nuns building, Puuc architecture, 750-900, Mayan, southern zone,...


Pellicer vase, ceramic, Mayan Classical Period 300-900 AD

Feathered serpent (symbol of Quetzalcoatl), Temple of Quetzalcoatl, early 3rd...

Avenue of the Dead and Pyramid of the Sun, Aztec, Teotihuacan, Mexico


Relief of the ambassador, Olmec culture, archaeological garden of La Venta in...

Owl with outstretched wings, fresco, c. 400 AD Aztec, Palace of Tetitla,...

Feathered shield, gold and feathers, showing coyote or ahuitzotl, a mythical...


Lord giving an audience, with hieroglyphic text, cylindrical vessel, c. 700 AD...

Mask of a man, stucco, Mayan culture, from the Temple of the Sun, Palenque,...

Skeletons of 9 sacrificed warriors, Teotihuacuan, Mexico (excavated late 20th...


Bat head, relief, terracotta urn, Toltec culture, from Xochicalco, Mexico

Male head, Mayan culture, Classical period (200-900 AD), from Comalco, Mexico

Pyramid of the Sun seen from Temple of Quetzalcoatl, Aztec, Teotihuacan, Mexico


Earring decorated with warrior in mosaic of turquoise, lapis lazuli, and red,...

Funerary urn with skulls and jaguar in relief and jaguar lid, painted clay,...

Seated priest making an offering, relief, c. 700 BC Olmec culture, from La...


Mayan sculpted marble dish with false glyphs and jaguar from Copan Honduras,...

Ceramic sculpture of man, Viru culture, Peru, 500 AD

Circular ruins of Temple of Sun from Inca town of Sacsaywuaman in Peru


Ceremonial drum with painted creatures, Nazca culture, Peru, Early...

Ruins of Machu Picchu, Sacred City of the Incas, built 1438-71 by Inca leader...

 



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