South America

Collections from South America derive primarily from the Andes, but also include small regional collections from other parts of the Continent as well as the Caribbean. The work of nineteenth-century Indigenous artists and makers from Brazil and Colombia, some of which was collected by Louis and Alexander Agassiz in the 1870s and 1880s, is also included in the collections.

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Highlights from the South American Collections

Middle Nasca bowl depicting the Harvester, a farmer clutching agricultural plants in his hands, from the southern coast of Peru. Museum Purchase, 32‐30‐30/71

A large collection of pottery created by Chimu, Nazca, and Moche artists and makers in the Andes and south coast of Peru, including those collected by Harvard archaeologists Samuel Lothrop and Julio Tello in the twentieth century

Middle Nasca bowl depicting the Harvester, a farmer clutching agricultural plants in his hands, from the southern coast of Peru. Museum Purchase, 32-30-30/71  

Small gold animal figure from Callao, Peru. Gift of Dr. Alfred M. Tozzer, 35‐43‐30/917

Gold and silver objects created by Inca and Chimu metalsmiths dating between the twelfth to sixteenth centuries

Small gold animal figure from Callao, Peru. Gift of Dr. Alfred M. Tozzer, 35-43-30/917

Fragment of an embroidered textile border, possibly from the pre-Columbian Paracas Necropolis, Peru.  Museum Purchase, 32‐30‐30/50

A broad and diverse collection of textiles created by Andean weavers dating back several thousand years from numerous archaeological sites, including Paracas

Fragment of an embroidered textile border, possibly from the pre-Columbian Paracas Necropolis, Peru.  Museum Purchase, 32‐30‐30/50. 

Oil painting by French artist Augustin Brunias entitled "French Mulatresses of St. Dominica in Their Proper Dress." St. Dominica late 18th century. Gift of Harvard College Library, 975‐5‐30/9416a

Oil paintings of Caribbean women by Italian painter Augustin Brunias

Oil painting by French artist Augustin Brunias entitled "French Mulatresses of St. Dominica in Their Proper Dress." St. Dominica late 18th century. Gift of Harvard College Library, 975-5-30/9416a 

Utifako (feather headdress or crown) used by Siona and Kofan shamans during rituals and ceremonies =, from the Putumayo River Region of Colombia. Museum Purchase, 48‐17‐30/7102

Nineteenth century ceremonial and domestic objects created by Indigenous makers in the Amazon basin, including the Siona and Kofán people

Utifako (feather headdress or crown) used by Siona and Kofan shamans during rituals and ceremonies, from the Putumayo River Region of Colombia. Museum Purchase, 48-17130/7102

Archaeologists Julian Tello (right) and Samuel Lothrop (left) at the  pre-Columbian pilgrimage site and ceremonial center of Pachacamac, Peru. Gift of Harvard College Library, 2004.1.140.6.94

Osteological collections from highland and central coast sites in Peru, many associated with Julio Tello and Samuel Lothrop

Archaeologists Julian Tello (right) and Samuel Lothrop (left) at the  pre-Columbian pilgrimage site and ceremonial center of Pachacamac, Peru. Gift of Harvard College Library, 2004.1.140.6.94.

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