Earthenware bowl ”Tawantinsuyu”
Pre-Columbian, Andean Mountains, South America, private collection from Helsinki, Finland.
This wonderful large terracotta bowl are from the Inca Empire, c. 1438AD - 1533AD.
Pre-Columbian art encompasses the artefacts created by the indigenous peoples from the second millennium BC to the time of arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, when the existing culture were conquered by the Europeans.
Beyond the more familiar civilisations such as the Incas and the Maya, smaller ethnic groups were able to develop their own distinctive cultures and artistic style. Many of these civilizations had long faded by the time of the first permanent European colonies and are known only through archaeological investigations and oral history.
A very large proportion of pre-Columbian art is made of terracotta. This large terracotta bowl has been colored with red pigment. Beautiful decorations painted with black pigments. Good condition. Age-related wear and minor cracks on the rim. Size c. 12,5cm x 20,5cm