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Pre-columbian Sculpture


Pre-Columbian sculpture encompasses the pieces created by the peoples of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean islands between 13,500 BC and 1500 AD. The most outstanding areas where the Pre-Columbian culture developed were Mesoamerica, which includes present-day Mexico and Central America, and the Andes, which includes the territories of the countries crossed by the mountain range.

Within Mesoamerica, the Olmec, Mayan, Mixtec, Toltec and Aztec civilizations stood out. In the Andes, the Chibchas, the Colima and the San Agustín, Sinú, Chavín, Nazca and Inca cultures stand out. The diversity of Pre-Columbian sculpture is enormous, being possible to find colossal works such as Olmec heads 3m high or small carvings in precious materials for sumptuary purposes.

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