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By Yumi Park

Mirrors of Clay: Reflections of historic Andean existence in Ceramics from the Sam Olden Collection positive aspects pictures and outlines of sixty ceramic vessels from historical Andean American cultures, together with the Cupisnique, Chavín, Vicús, Nazca, Moche, Tiwanaku, Lambayeque, and Chimú, which flourished among 1200 BCE and 1550 CE. those distinct ceramic vessels, chosen from the gathering of Sam Olden, got to the Mississippi Museum of artwork and are integrated in a distinct exhibition provided via the museum and Jackson country college. The items display each one culture's stylistic aesthetics, non secular ideologies, and political roles.

The Pre-Columbian ceramic vessels offered during this catalogue are commonly from the Andean sector of South the United States, together with the trendy international locations of Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. by way of reading applied sciences, kinds, and ornamental designs, writer Yumi Park finds the original aesthetics, social stratifications, non secular ideologies, and political roles inside every one tradition. historic Andean potters expressed their local individualities by means of depicting the varieties of warriors, deities, structure, plant life, fauna, and everyday life on their ceramic vessels.

Collector Sam Olden lived in Peru in the course of the Nineteen Sixties. After traveling quite a few archaeological websites and museums, together with the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Peru, he grew to become enamored with the ceramic vessels of the traditional Andes. Olden later settled in Yazoo urban, Mississippi, and commenced to construct an in depth number of old Andean ceramics, ultimately creating a huge donation to the Mississippi Museum of artwork. as a result of his ardour for those artifacts, the folk of Mississippi at the moment are afforded a window at the historical Andean global. The Sam Olden assortment supplies us tangible and visual proof of the social actions, political occasions, and ideological ideals of old Andean cultures.

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