ANIMALS IN THE ART OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS

On view May 14–November 16, 2014

Animals

Animals played many roles in ancient societies of the Americas. Their frequent depiction in figurines, on pottery, and in woven textiles emphasizes their importance to the indigenous inhabitants of Central and South America. This installation featured 18 works of art from the Maya, Moche, Chimú, and Aztec cultures, many exhibited for the first time. The variety of animals represented, including alpacas, jaguars, deer, and fish, reflected the diverse natural environments of the Americas, which range from soaring mountains to arid coastal plains. Organized by Sylvia Ngo ’14, Devin Pence ’14, and Nadia Waski, UMass ’14.


Made possible with generous support from the Amherst Art Series and the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund.