Pre-Columbian Art Valuations

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Pre-Columbian art derives from the visual art produced by the indigenous cultures of the islands of the Caribbean, Central, North and South Americas, up until the period marked by the arrival of Christopher Columbus. 

The native peoples produced a wide range of visual arts including rock and cave art, ceramics, interior murals, sculptural faces and large architectural monuments. The term “Mesoamerica” describes a cultural region in the Americas of which many pre-Columbian societies flourished. Mesoamerica is synonymous with Central America while its cultures can be divided into three phases: Pre-classic, Classic and Post-classic.

The art of the pre-Classic period, c1200 – 400, featured colossal heads of up to two meters high, in which the dominating Olmec civilisation of this period were responsible for establishing the Mesoamerican tradition of erecting large ceremonial centres. Between c200-900, the Maya civilisation dominated the art of the Classic period. Mayan art can be identified through its relief and surface decoration, which incorporated imagery and motifs to represent agriculture and fertility. The Post-classic period, c900-1580, brought colossal block-like sculptures and many figural paintings (of geometric pattern arrangements) along with masks, clay, stone and wood sculpture.

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Our Pre-Columbian Art Valuations team

Ethnic & Tribal Art specialist

After receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Art History and Archaeology, our Pre-Columbian Art expert received her Masters in Archaeology at New York University. A polyglot, she speaks five languages including Spanish, Turkish and German. As the European Director of Pre-Columbian Art Department at Sotheby’s in New York she saw a 70% increase in participation in biannual auctions. After launching Sotheby’s Zurich salesroom and 7 years of directing exhibitions and events she left Sotheby’s in 2001 to become an Art Advisor in the Ancient and Ethnographic Arts.

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Useful & Related Links

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago, Chile

Pre-Columbian Art Gallery- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Pre-Columbian Collection - Dumbarton Oaks Library and Collection, Washington, USA

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