Unknown Artist, Paracas mantle. South Coast, Peru, About 100 BC - AD 200. Cotton fabric, camelid fiber (probably alpaca) embroidery. H: 48.625 in, W: 88 in. Funds from Alvin & Geraldine Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Morris A. Long, Tom & Noël Congdon, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Gary, Hannah Levy, Jan & Frederick R. Mayer, Myron & Louann Miller, Neusteter Institute Fund, Margaret Powers, Mrs. Charles Rosenbaum, Mr. & Mrs. Irving Shwayder, Joyce and Ted Strauss, Mr. & Mrs. Taplin and the Volunteer Endowment Fund; 1980.44

Art of the Ancient Americas Galleries

Unknown Artist, Paracas mantle. South Coast, Peru, About 100 BC - AD 200. Cotton fabric, camelid fiber (probably alpaca) embroidery. H: 48.625 in, W: 88 in. Funds from Alvin & Geraldine Cohen, Mr. & Mrs. Morris A. Long, Tom & Noël Congdon, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Gary, Hannah Levy, Jan & Frederick R. Mayer, Myron & Louann Miller, Neusteter Institute Fund, Margaret Powers, Mrs. Charles Rosenbaum, Mr. & Mrs. Irving Shwayder, Joyce and Ted Strauss, Mr. & Mrs. Taplin and the Volunteer Endowment Fund; 1980.44

Black mixed media textile with moth pattern

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Ceramic Lidded Vessel with Fish and Reptilian Imagery

Unknown Maya artists, Lidded Vessel with Fish and Reptilian Imagery. Mexico or Guatemala, 250–450 CE. Reduction-fired ceramic. Purchased in honor of Jan and Frederick Mayer with funds from 2001 Collector's Choice, 1998.33.

The Mayer Center, Department of Art of the Ancient Americas

Artworks from this gallery are part of the Mayer Center, Deparment of Art of the Ancient Americas at the Denver Art Museum. This collection spans nearly four millennia and includes examples of the artistry developed by communities throughout Mesoamerica, Central and South America, and the Caribbean and Southwestern United States. Notable in particular for its vast holdings of Central American ceramics, jade, and stone sculpture, the DAM's collection stands as one of the most comprehensive and expansive examples in the United States.

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