Precolumbian Ceramics and Art

In reviewing various collections of pre-Columbian ceramics, it is clear that two types, Pataky Polichrome and Luna Polichrome, are the most popular among collectors and also the most counterfeited. But of the rarities of ancient ceramics, the rarest of all are the Spanish ceramics and Chinese Ming dynasty porcelains. Only three pieces of Spanish colonial plates and pitchers have been observed in collections. A bit more common are the ceramic olive jars, cantiploras, that were used to transport wine, oil, and vinegar to the colonies. Ring necks of those containers are occasionally found. Whole olive jars have been observed in NindirĂ­ and Ciudad Antigua. Parts of colonial ceramic plates have been found in legally sanctioned digs at colonial sites. Most prominent is the type Sevilla blue on blue, which was produced in Seville and was a copy of Italian Ligurian Blue majolica dinner plates. Chinese porcelain, imported illegally from Canton, China probably in the 16th century, has also been observed in one legally sanctioned dig. Neither majolicas nor Chinese porcelains have ever been observed in private collections.

The Ceramic Sequences Of Nicaragua

In reviewing ceramic material that has been found within the territory of Nicaragua, there appears to be several differing ceramic sequences. While there has been discussion of the pre-Columbian ceramic sequence known as Gran Nicoya, there are actually three or four other sequences that…