Ancient Mexican sculpture explored
“Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico–The Andrall E. Pearson Family Collection” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through April 3, emphasizes the human figure through its activities and concerns. The exhibition showcases more than 40 ceramic sculptures made in the western region of Mexico more than 2,000 years ago. The volcanic highland areas of contemporary Mexican states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit are the source of three-dimensional sculptures that portray ancestors, warriors, ballplayers, dancers, musicians and other depictions of life and ritual. The pieces range in a grade from beige to a deep brown-red and are finished with a variety of closely hued and textured surfaces.
Collector Andrall Pearson noted that although he and his wife were initially drawn to the sculptures of Colima for their appealing and realistic qualities, “as time went on, it became apparent that the Nayarit and Jalisco cultures offered equally wonderful examples of creativity and artistic uniqueness” Although stylistic differences exist among the three groups, they all have in common major aspects of imagery and underlying ideology.
Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico
Through April 3
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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