Colorado art redux, 2017, round 1 11.16.2017

Last month I made my annual trek To Denver, Colorado to visit my daughters Elly and Berit, and as usual, I visited the wonderful Denver Art Museum. These are just a few (I have so many!) of my favorite figurative pieces from the museum.

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“Welcome Figure” by Kwakwaka’wakw, or Chief Johny Scow, about 1900 CE. This originally stood at the mouth of the Kingcome River in British Columbia. It once held a copper (a sign of wealth) in it’s upraised arms, signifying the wealth and power of the artist’s clan.

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This is a bottle from the Paracas culture, in the Ica Valley of Peru, dated about 400-1000 BCE. It’s painted earthenware pottery.

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This is a standing woman from the Nayarit area in Mexico, dated about 300 BCE-200 CE. Earthenware with colored slip.

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This is a female figure in the Trujillo style, from Venezuela, dated about 1000-1500 CE. Earthenware with colored slip.

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This is a female figure from the Chorrera culture in Ecuador, dated about 1200-100 BCE. Earthenware.

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This is the Maize Goddess, made by the Aztec in Central Mexico, from about 1400-1519 CE. This is made from volcanic stone.

If you ever travel to Denver, I urge you to take the time to visit the Denver Art Museum. And set aside a good amount of time for it, because there is TONS of awesomeness to soak in!

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