Mexican Native American Art & Pottery Photos

The several Pre-Columbian native populations who inhabited the land of Mexico (Teotihuacan, Aztec, Colima, etc.) left a legacy of carvings, pottery & other artwork. Mayan art is on its own page.

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Pyramid of Sun at Teotihuacán. Mexico.Sculptural figures on Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacán. Mexico.Detail of a serpent sculpture on Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacán. Mexico.Detail of a fanged mask sculpture on Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacán. Mexico.
Pyramid of Sun at Teotihuacán. Mexico. Sculptural figures on Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacán. Mexico.Detail of a serpent sculpture on Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacán. Mexico.Detail of a fanged mask sculpture on Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacán. Mexico.
Reproduction of temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacán at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Mexican Teotihuacán culture ceramic mask depicting old deity of fire at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Mexican Teotihuacán culture pyrite mirror with jade jaguar mosaic at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Mexican Teotihuacán culture mural fragment of priest at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Reproduction of temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacán at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Mexican Teotihuacán culture ceramic mask depicting old deity of fire (450-750) at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Mexican Teotihuacán culture pyrite mirror with jade jaguar mosaic (500-600) at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Mexican Teotihuacán culture mural fragment of priest (600-750) at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Teotihuacan ceramic tripod jar with lid from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.La Gallina bird pottery in Sala De Teotihuacán at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Teotihuacán ceramic censer with face of deceased person at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Teotihuacan greenstone face panel from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Teotihuacan ceramic tripod jar with lid (200-750CE) from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.La Gallina bird pottery in Sala De Teotihuacán at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Teotihuacán ceramic censer with face of deceased person (400-650) at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Teotihuacan greenstone face panel (c200-750) from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Teotihuacan fresco mural of bird with medallion & flower scroll from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Aztec calendar stone [aka Piedra del Sol], symbol of Mexico, at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Ceramic vulture vessel of Aztec, Mexico at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.Aztec ceramic man as Xipe Totec in native American gallery at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.
Teotihuacan fresco mural of bird with medallion & flower scroll (c650-750) from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Aztec calendar stone [aka Piedra del Sol], symbol of Mexico, at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Ceramic vulture vessel of Aztec, Mexico (14th-16th C) at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.Aztec ceramic man as Xipe Totec (1400-1521) in native American gallery at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.
Aztec old man god ceramic vessel at Wichita Art Museum. Wichita, KS.Aztec basalt snake effigy from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Aztec culture volcanic stone standing male figure from Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Turquoise Mixtec-Aztec mask from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Aztec old man god ceramic vessel at Wichita Art Museum. Wichita, KS.Aztec basalt snake effigy (c1200-1521) from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Aztec culture volcanic stone standing male figure (c1500) from Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Turquoise Mixtec-Aztec mask (1350-1521) from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Ceramic pumpkin tomb vessel with parrot shaped feet from Nayarit or Jalisco Western Mexico at Museo de las Americas. Denver, CO.Colima culture terracotta pumpkin vessel with parrot feet from western Mexico, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Colima ceramic male figure from Mexico at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Colima ceramic acrobat from Mexico at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Ceramic pumpkin tomb vessel with parrot shaped feet (200-300 AD) from Nayarit or Jalisco Western Mexico at Museo de las Americas. Denver, CO.Colima culture terracotta pumpkin vessel with parrot feet (300BCE-600) from western Mexico, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Colima ceramic male figure (200 BCE - 400) from Mexico at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Colima ceramic acrobat (200 BCE - 400) from Mexico at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Colima Mexico: early-American pottery vessel in form of acrobat at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Colima culture earthenware dog from West Coast Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Colima culture earthenware tripod vessel from West Coast Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Colima culture earthenware conch vessel from West Coast Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Colima Mexico: early-American pottery vessel in form of acrobat (c200 BCE - 300 CE) at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Colima culture earthenware dog (200 BCE-200 AD) from West Coast Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Colima culture earthenware tripod vessel (200 BCE-200 AD) from West Coast Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Colima culture earthenware conch vessel (200 BCE-300 AD) from West Coast Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Mexican Colima-culture ceramic dog effigy at LA County Natural History Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Colima Mexico: early-American pottery vessel of two joined frogs at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Colima earthenware figurines around incised jar from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware dancing figures from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Mexican Colima-culture ceramic dog effigy (200 BCE-500) at LA County Natural History Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Colima Mexico: early-American pottery vessel of two joined frogs (c200 BCE - 300 CE) at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Colima earthenware figurines around incised jar (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware dancing figures (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Colima earthenware squash vessel supported by men from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware vessel with crabs from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware vessel in form of joined ducks from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware backrest in form of bird from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Colima earthenware squash vessel supported by men (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware vessel with crabs (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware vessel in form of joined ducks (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware backrest in form of bird (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Colima earthenware dog scratching its head from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware lying dog from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware seated dog from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware playing dogs from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Colima earthenware dog scratching its head (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware lying dog (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware seated dog (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware playing dogs (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Colima earthenware mating dogs from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware musician with gourd from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware seated figure holding bowl from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima pottery man & woman on bench at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.
Colima earthenware mating dogs (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware musician with gourd (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima earthenware seated figure holding bowl (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Colima pottery man & woman on bench (200BCE-500) at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.
Ceramic Ameca seated man & woman from Colima, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Nayarit earthenware pair of turkeys from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Nayarit earthenware joined male & female figures from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Nayarit culture earthenware seated female figure from West Coast Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Ceramic Ameca seated man & woman (c100BCE-200) from Colima, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Nayarit earthenware pair of turkeys (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Nayarit earthenware joined male & female figures (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Nayarit culture earthenware seated female figure (200 BCE-300 AD) from West Coast Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Ceramic seated joined couple from Nayarit, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Funerary ceramic couple statue from Nayarit, Mexico at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Male terracotta figurine from Nayarit, Mexico at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Ceramic Chinesco standing female figure from Nayarit, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Ceramic seated joined couple (200 BCE-300 AD) from Nayarit, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Funerary ceramic couple statue (100-500) from Nayarit, Mexico at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Male terracotta figurine (100-250) from Nayarit, Mexico at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Ceramic Chinesco standing female figure (c100BCE-200) from Nayarit, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Ceramic figure from Las Remojadas, Veracruz, Mexico at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Earthenware standing female figure from Veracruz, Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Terracotta censor of fire deity called Huehuetéotl from Veracruz, Mexico at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Ceramic bird-headed figure whistle of Veracruz, Mexico at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.
Ceramic figure (400BCE-500CE) from Las Remojadas, Veracruz, Mexico at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Earthenware standing female figure (450-650) from Veracruz, Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Terracotta censor of fire deity called Huehuetéotl (600-800) from Veracruz, Mexico at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Ceramic bird-headed figure whistle of Veracruz, Mexico (8th-9th C) at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.
Three standing female ceramic figures from Veracruz, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Ceramic tripod plate with plumed serpent from Veracruz, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Early Mexican figure at Museum of World Treasures. Wichita, KS.Huastec culture terracotta vessel in form of animal from Mexico, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.
Three standing female ceramic figures (c450-600) from Veracruz, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Ceramic tripod plate with plumed serpent (c900-1200) from Veracruz, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Early Mexican figure (c300) at Museum of World Treasures. Wichita, KS.Huastec culture terracotta vessel in form of animal (900-1200) from Mexico, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.
Jalisco earthenware acrobat figure from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Jalisco earthenware ritual group on platform from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Ceramic dog with human mask from Jalisco, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Mixtec obsidian & turquoise knife from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Jalisco earthenware acrobat figure (300 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Jalisco earthenware ritual group on platform (100 BCE-300 CE) from West Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Ceramic dog with human mask (c100BCE-200) from Jalisco, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Mixtec obsidian & turquoise knife (c1200-1500) from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Jalisco Mexico: early-American Ameca gray style pottery vessel in form crouching man at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Ceramic storyteller figure from Jalisco, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Ceramic vulture bowl of Isla de Sacrificios, Mexico at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.Zapotec culture earthenware anthropomorphic urn from Oaxaca, Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Jalisco Mexico: early-American Ameca gray style pottery vessel in form crouching man (c200 BCE- 300 CE) at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Ceramic storyteller figure (100-800) from Jalisco, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Ceramic vulture bowl of Isla de Sacrificios, Mexico (13th-15th C) at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.Zapotec culture earthenware anthropomorphic urn (c300 BCE) from Oaxaca, Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Zapotec culture earthenware incense burner with old god from Oaxaca, Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Oaxacan ceramic censer depicting Tlaloc god of rain & lightning at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Skeleton sculpture from Oaxaca at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Gold Mixtec pectoral mask from Oaxaca, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Zapotec culture earthenware incense burner with old god (c300-500) from Oaxaca, Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Oaxacan ceramic censer depicting Tlaloc god of rain & lightning (1200-1400) at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Skeleton sculpture from Oaxaca at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Gold Mixtec pectoral mask (1350-1521) from Oaxaca, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Pre-Columbian pottery at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Jade funerary mask at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Carved stone sculpture at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Water-goddess Chalchiuhtlicue sculpture at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.
Pre-Columbian pottery at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Jade funerary mask at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Carved stone sculpture at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Water-goddess Chalchiuhtlicue sculpture at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.
Sculpture outside of Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Mexico City, Mexico.Massive Olmec stone head at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Olmec serpentine mask of deity or ruler from Veracruz, Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Olmec standing figurine from Veracruz, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Sculpture outside of Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Mexico City, Mexico.Massive Olmec stone head at National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City, Mexico.Olmec serpentine mask of deity or ruler (900-400 BCE) from Veracruz, Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Olmec standing figurine (800-400 BCE) from Veracruz, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Olmec stone spirit axe from Tabasco, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Olmec stone plaque from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Ceramic vessel in form of fish from Puebla, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Ceramic two joined figures from Tlatilco, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Olmec stone spirit axe (c900-500 BCE) from Tabasco, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Olmec stone plaque (c900-500 BCE or c1950) from Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Ceramic vessel in form of fish (c1000-500 BCE) from Puebla, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Ceramic two joined figures (c1200-900 BCE) from Tlatilco, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Ceramic bottle of sprouting bean with human face from Guanajuato, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Chupícuaro terracotta female effigy from Guanajuato or Michoacán, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Ceramic Casas Grandes lidded jar from Chihuahua, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Earthenware polychrome pitchers from Cholula, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Ceramic bottle of sprouting bean with human face (c300-100 BCE) from Guanajuato, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Chupícuaro terracotta female effigy (200-100 BCE) from Guanajuato or Michoacán, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Ceramic Casas Grandes lidded jar (c1280-1450) from Chihuahua, Mexico at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Earthenware polychrome pitchers (1400-1520) from Cholula, Mexico at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.

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