The Americas

With 26 objects, the collection of South and Central American artefacts is relatively small. The very first objects, several Costa Rican ceramics and a Mexican stone mask, were acquired as early as 1912. They include the mask from Joseph Brummer, which is no longer part of the collection today. Joseph Brummer was one of the first modern Parisian art dealers to sell African and pre-Columbian works of art.
The exquisite ceramics of the Nasca culture (200 BC to 650 AD) found their way to the museum in 1917 through Charles-Albert de Burlet’s art gallery in Berlin. They had previously been in the possession of the physician Eduard Gaffron, the most important collector of Peruvian archaeological finds at the beginning of the 20th century. The year 1929 marked the completion of the American collection with artefacts made available on permanent loan from the Ethnological Museum, Berlin, and the purchase of two Mexican stone sculptures from the Berlin art dealer Arthur Speyer II who specialised in ethnographic art.

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Peru
Clay Vessel in Form of a Female Figure, Nazca Culture (200 BC - 600 AD)
Clay
Acquired 1917 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru
Globular Vessel (Round Bottom), Nazca Culture
Clay
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru
Vessel with Double Spout and Band Handle in Shape of a Succulent Plant, undated
Clay, painted
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru
Stirrup Spout Bottle, Moche IV/V
Clay
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru
Globular Clay Vessel, undated
Open at the top, light yellowish ground, painted
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru
Stirrup Spout Bottle, Moche IV
Fired Clay, painted red, creme-white ground
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru
Stirrup Spout Bottle in Shape of a Human Figure, 200 - 500 AD
Clay, painted
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Mexico, Colima?
Tripod with Human Face, undated
Clay
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru
Vessel, Brick Red with Pale Yellow Neck and Stirrup, Moche IV
Frieze relief with martial representations, clay
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru, Nazca
Cup, 100 BC–600 AD
Main zone cream-white with six bird figures, clay, painted
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru, Moche
Stirrup Spout Bottle, Moche Culture
Warrior’s head,clay, painted
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru
Vessel in Shape of a Jaguar`s Head, Moche-Culture
Clay, brick red with whitish painting
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru, Nazca
Globular Vase, Nazca Culture
Neck in Shape of a Head, clay, painted
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru, Nazca
Globular Clay Vessel, 100 - 200 AD
Horizontal bridge handle with three-dimensional head, which is provided with a small opening
Clay, painted
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru, Nazca
Clay Vessel, Nazca Culture
Belly glossy, indian red-brown, clay
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru, Nazca
Vessel with Two Tubes and Bridge Handle, Nazca culture
Indian-red, painting: Hummingbird sucking on flowers
Clay, painted
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru, Nazca
Clay Pot with Double Spout, Nazca culture
Spherical form, with two spouts and short bridge, clay, painted (feline head deity)
Acquired 1917 presumably for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Peru
Vase with Handle, Aríbalo, 1200 – 1532
Pointed base, in profile a small ram's head
Fired Clay, read painted
Acquired before 1922, presumably before 1920 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Central America? or Asia, Indonesia?
Vessel (Basin with Zodiac Signs?), undated
Indian chiefs? with feather headdress and animal representations
Copper alloy
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Peru or Mexico
Vessel with Two Handles, undated
Clay, grey-black, in form of a pot
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Central America
Monkey, undated
Porphyry? (Tuff? Lava rock?)
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Central Mexico
Water Deity Chalchiuhtlicue, 15th Century
Volcanic Stone
Acquired 1929 for the Museum Folkwang

Central Mexico
Squatting Figure with Crossed Arms, 15th Century
Volcanic Stone
Acquired 1929 for the Museum Folkwang

Photos: Museum Folkwang und Hans Hansen, 2009-2018