Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed is on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan’s Financial District from April 18, 2015 through May 20, 2018.

It is a bilingual, English and Spanish, exhibition about Central American culture in what is now Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

About Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

The exhibition features artifacts from 1000 BC to the present selected from the museum’s collection of 12,000 pieces from the region. 80% of the objects are on public view for the first time. The museum’s full collection of Native American artifacts from across the Americas contains over a million pieces.

In addition to ceramics, the exhibition shows works in gold, jade, shell and stone created among the trade networks that connected South America, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.

The exhibition is curated by Ann McMullen and guest curator Alexander Villa Benitez of George Mason University. It is a collaboration

The image is a Greater Nicoya female figure-vessel, AD 800-1200. Linea Vieja area, Costa Rica. Pottery, clay slip, paint. Photo by Ernest Amoroso, NMAI.

Admission is free.

For detailed information and study guides, visit latino.si.edu/exhibitions/centralamericarevealed.htm

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