Cubism, pre-Columbian Style

Vase, Huari Transitional Period, AD 800-1300

This depiction of a wild-eyed, snickering warrior caught my eye the other day at the Museo de Arte Precolombino, or Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, in Cusco.

At least 600 years before Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso came this small vase created by a Huari artist that incorporated all the essential elements and style of what came to be known as cubism. Both Braque and Picasso credited pre-Columbian artists in the Americas –in this case, from a civilization that flourished about 1,000 years ago in the south-central Andes and Pacific coastal areas of modern-day Peru– with their experimentation and exploration with Cubism in the early 20th century.

Museo de Arte Precolombino, Cusco, Peru, 03-May-2013

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  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

    that is so great! i always marvel at the ancients’ brilliance!

  2. The Wanderlust Gene says

    What do they say – “There’s nothing new under the sun”? Great find Bob.

  3. I am an enthusiastic hunter for Pre-Columbian pottery shards and small pieces. They wash up on our beach every day. I wish I knew more about how they made the pottery. I’ve been to all the museums and, although they have beautiful displays, I can’t find any information on how the pottery was made.

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