Collections from Central America, including parts of the Caribbean, account for nearly 20% of the Peabody’s collection. The Peabody Museum has conducted excavations and explorations in Mexico and Central America almost from its first decade and include objects created by Mayan and Aztec people from sites in Mexico, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The collections also include colonial and contemporary objects such as textiles and masks, crafted by artists in Mexico and other regions in Central America.Ceramic vase featuring the painted design of quetzal bird, from Copán, Peabody Museum Expedition: M. H. saville and J. G. Owens, Directors, 1891-1892, 92-49-20/c211
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Highlights from the Mexican and Central American Collections
Paintings and drawings depicting the monumental architecture and art of Mesoamerica by scholars and artists Tatiana Proskouriakoff, Antonio Tejeda, and Jean CharlotPainting "The Jaquar Stairway" in Copan, Honduras, by Tatiana Proskouriakoff. Gift of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, 50-63-20/13323.
Extensive archaeological and osteological collections including a large and diverse collection of objects and art from Copan in Honduras; Labna and Chichen Itza in Mexico; and Altar de Sacrificios, Kaminaljuyu, Seibal, Holmul, Piedras Negras and Uaxactun in Guatemala. Additionally, ceramic type collections from Altar de Sacificios in Guatemala, and Barton Ramie in Belize, among others, are included in the collections.Ceramic figurine featuring a human head in the jaw of a serpent, from the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. 07-7-20/C4716.
Ceramic art created by numerous twentieth-century Puebla artists including Alfonso Castillo and Teodora Blanco in the Alice Melvin Collection of modern Mexican folk artCeramic "Day of the dead" candelabra by Alfonso Castillo circa 1980-1989. 993-24-20/27396.
Late nineteenth and twentieth-century carved and painted masks and dance regalia from Mexico and Guatemala.Carved jaguar dance mask, used in Baile del Venado (deer dance) from San Cristóbal Totonicapán, Guatemala. 38-38-20/5272.