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DFW Tours! Art in Dallas and Fort Worth. What to see and what to do.
The Dallas Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth contain recognized collections of Precolumbian Art.
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At the Dallas Museum of Art the extensive collection includes the two bird-form finials from Colombia, Sudi Region c. A.D. 500 to 1500. These were a gift from the Nora an John Wise Collection.
Crown with deity figures
This remarkable work in sheet gold portrays three images of the Staff God, the primary Chavín deity. The iconography of the crown links it to the ancient ceremonial center of Chavín de Huántar, where a famous and influential image of this deity was engraved on a granite slab.
Symbols of powerful predators—jaguar, harpy eagle, cayman, and serpent—define the image of the Staff God. The large head features a snarling mouth with feline fangs. Serpent heads emerge from the figure’s head and waist. Heads in profile accent elbows and legs. Talons mark fingers and toes. Rows of teeth with pointed incisors form a vertical band on the torso and the upright staff in each hand.
The sculptural clarity of the forms and the dramatic use of negative space distinguish the crown among the known examples of Chavín goldwork.
This acquisition further enriches the broad representation of ancient American gold in the DMA’s Nora and John Wise Collection, acquired in 1976, with tremendous strengths in gold from the Sicán culture of Peru (A.D. 900-1100), Colombia, (500 B.C.-A.D. 1500), and Panama (A. D. 700-1500).