The Quito Museum

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Folklore Olga Fisch Quito is home to one of South America’s finest private museums. Our small museum in Quito contains artifacts from Ecuadorian pre-columbian civilizations and post-colonial art. Our collection will give you an awe-inspiring taste of the rich heritage of Andean art in Ecuador.

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Chorrera Ecuador

Late Formative Period (1500 B.C.E. – 400 B.C.E.) The Chorrera were located especially in the provinces of Guayas, Manabí and northern Esmeraldas.  Their ceramics reached a high level of perfection. They worked with select clays with which they achieved thin, …
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Guangala

(350 B.C.E. – 600 A.C.E.) Regional Development Vestiges of this culture are found along the coast in the provinces of Guayas and southern Manabí. Their delicate ceramics were made in diverse forms and colors, including black, gray, and a range …
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Seals

From the Regional Development Period (500 B.C.E. – 500 A.C.E.) onward, the production and use of seals, and stamps used to make personal decorations like tattoos, was spread, and also perhaps the decoration of textiles. Today these objects are found …
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The Venuses of Valdivia

These figures reproduce the female body and are found in abundance among the remains of the Valdivia culture, suggesting that its inhabitants developed some type of ritual related to fertility in which the Venuses played a transitory role. Their forms …
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Valdivia

Formative Period 4500 B.C.E. – 2500 B.C.E. Valdivia was located in Guayas and Manabí in the north, and their vestiges reached El Oro Province to the south. This was one of the first human settlements to integrate agriculture into daily …
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Puruhá

Integration Period 500 – 1532 A.C.E. This culture inhabited the present day province of Chimborazo in the central Ecuadorian Andes. Their material legacy is found particularly in ceramic pieces for daily use, saucers with tall feet decorated in white and …
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The “Coqueros” of Capulí

Integration Period 700 – 1532 A.C.E These characters are regularly found accompanying the deceased in their tombs. Many of these ceramic figures have survived, and the bulging of one or the other cheeks provides evidence of the chewing of coca, …
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Piartal (Tuncahúan), Tuza (Cuasmal)

AND CAPULÍ (NEGATIVE OF CARCHI) Integration Period 700 – 1532 A.C.E. The pastos–farmers, merchants and metalworkers–inhabited Carchi Province in northern Ecuador, from the basin of the Chota-Mira Rivers to the Guáitara River basin in Columbia. They formed a socially stratified …
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Capulí

(NEGATIVE CARCHI) Integration Period 700 – 1532 A.C.E. The Capulí, who pertain to an ethnic group of the plains located in northern Ecuador and southern Colombia, are also known as the “negative of Carchi” because of their ceramics decorated with …
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Jama-Coaque

Regional Development and Integration I  (355 B.C.E. – 400 A.C.E.) II (400 – 1532 A.C.E.) Remains that prove their existence have been found on the Ecuadorian coast, in Cojimíes in the south of Esmeraldas, and from Bahía to Caráquez in …
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Bahía

Regional Development (850 B.C.E. – 600 A.C.E.) Bahía culture was located south of today’s Manabí Province, with ceremonial centers located on the islands of La Plata and Salango. Its ritual practices and characters have remained, represented in figures manufactured from …
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Personal Adornment

The great quantity of necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and rings found, among many other objects used for personal adornment, shows that the pre-Columbian inhabitants of Ecuador were accustomed to decorating their bodies with distinctive elements taken from nature, including shells, precious …
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