If your concept of old art conjures images of Italian Renaissance paintings, think again: Many indigenous cultures have a rich heritage of artwork that dates back thousands of years and Native Americans are a prime example.

 

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ANTIQUE NATIVE AMERICAN ART
Native American & Other Ethnographic Art: A Brief Overview

Jim HassIf your concept of "old art" conjures images of Italian Renaissance paintings, think again: Many indigenous cultures have a rich heritage of artwork that dates back thousands of years and Native Americans are a prime example.

Until recently, however, few Native Americans created art for art's sake. Many lived with limited resources, so things were created for a purpose.

 Masks or pipes might be crafted for ceremonial use or to enhance a connection to the spiritual world. Other works, including beaded pouches or painted pottery, may have had more prosaic and practical purposes, such as transporting or storing goods.

 And by the late 1800s, items of all types were being created specifically for trade with European settlers, who had spread to every corner of the continent.

Today, a few of these articles survive. You can still acquire interesting pieces, some truly ancient, for just a few hundred dollars. Other pieces of the right craftsmanship, artistic expression, and rarity are highly collectible, especially if created by members of a tribe for their own uses rather than strictly for trade.

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David Manje - Ritual-Feathered Shields
Ritual-Feathered Shields
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