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World Art: Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Art

Mrs. Lawson

Elaina Lawson

on 22 April 2013

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Transcript of World Art: Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Art

Pre-Columbian Art
of Mesoamerica Who? Olmec

What? Colossal Portrait Head

When? c. 1000 BC

Where? Mexico

Why? Giant portraits of rulers were
placed in the rainforests near
the Gulf of Mexico Olmec Colossal Portrait Heads Who? Mochica

What? Stirrup Spout Pottery

When? c. 300

Where? Peru

Why? Mochica potters often created
pottery showing portraits or
animals. The stirrup spout
serves as a handle and helps
prevent evaporation. Mochica Stirrup Spout Pottery Mochica Goldwork Who? Maya
What? el Castillo at Chichen Itza
When? c. 800
Where? Mexico (on the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun)
Why? Chichen Itza was one of the largest Mayan cities. Mayans
worshiped a feathered serpent god that they saw slithering
down el Castillo each evening. Views of Chichen Itza Who? Aztec

What? Calendar Stone

When? c. 1400

Where? Mexico (modern Mexico City)

Why? This stone is 12 feet across. It shows knowledge of time, geometry, mechanical ability, and was used in rituals and ceremonies. Who? Inca

What? Machu Picchu

When? c. 1400

Where? Peru

Why? Mysterious legendary city in
the clouds that remained unknown to the Spanish conquistadors. Aztec Artwork Machu Picchu Modern Descendants of the Inca
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