Boca Raton Museum of Art
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Jean and David Colker Collection

Pre-Columbian Art

One of the Museum's collection strengths is the stellar assemblage of more than 180 Pre-Columbian works from the collection of Jean and David Colker of south Florida. Formerly known as the ACNA Foundation Collection, and exhibited nationally as part of the National Association of Private Art Foundations Collections, the Colker collection is dated from as early as the pre-Classic period, 2000 -250 B.C.E. to the Classic period, 200 to 900 C.E, and the post-Classic period, from 900 to 1500 C.E. The collection's scope includes polychrome ceremonial pottery vessels, finely modeled clay tomb figures, animal and human effigies, and utilitarian and ritual objects representing cultural and artistic production throughout Mesoamerica (the Mexican, Maya and Central American peoples) and more specifically: west Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, the Yucatán Peninsula and Honduras. The collection is distinguished by seven very rare and spectacular large terra cotta deity tomb figures and Maya funerary incensario urns of exceptional quality.

Joined pair of figures, Zacatecas style, from Jalisco, West Mexico, 100 -300 B.C.E., earthenware, 18 x 11 1/2 x 16 inches. Permanent Collection 2000.113. Gift of Jean and David Colker.
The collection's installation is designed to reflect the Colkers' wishes that the living art of these pre-Colombian cultures be as accessible to the public as possible. These works form a cohesive educational narrative embracing the rich and complex history of American Indian art from the Americas between 1500 B.C.E. to 1500 C.E. The works are dramatically displayed within minimal state-of-the-art Glasbau Hahn Vitrines custom-made in Germany for the highest standard of viewing, conservation and preservation.  
The Museum's ethnographic galleries feature orientation didactics that introduce basic themes of Pre-Columbian art. Maps help visitors locate works of art within vast geographic and cultural frameworks. Informational labels accompany the objects, and gallery highlight guide sheets allow visitors to gain greater insight into key objects. Additional educational materials are being developed and will be available within the ethnographic galleries to offer further information on how objects were made and used in Pre-Columbian life.  
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