Photos Rufino Tamayo Museum, Oaxaca, Pre-Hispanic Art

Artist Rufino Tamayo collected ancient art from all over Mexico. He donated his collection in 1974 to the
City of Oaxaca and created the Museo de Arte Pre-Hispánico Rufino Tamayo
Find the museum in the center of the historic district at  Morelos,  (street) #503Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico   Closed Tuesdays    Hours  10-2,  4-7pm,   Sunday 10AM-3PM   Fee 34 Pesos

Photos from the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Oaxaca City and the displays  of Pre-Hispanic art collected by artist Rufino Tamayo and donated to the City of Oaxaca.
The Rufino Tamayo collection is a broad sample of Mexico's ancient art. The pieces came to the collection from all over Mexico and include pieces from the north Pacific Coast and the Gulf Coast at Veracruz. 
Click on the links below the photos to see the ruin sites represented.

Rufino Tamayo was a Oaxacan artist, born in 1899 in Oaxaca in a Zzapotec family.  He   studied art in Mexico city where he developed an interest in ancient art.
He moved in 1937 to New York City where he taught art and then he moved to Paris in 1949 where he lived until 1959.
He returned to Oaxaca where he donated his collection of ancient art and founded the Museum of Pre-Hispanic art.  He died in 1991 as one of Mexico's best known modern artists.

Early Classic, 1st to 3rd century AD( or much older, see San Jose El Mogote)

Photos of the Rufino Tamayo Museum  Collection

the collection is arranged in display cases behind glass.  You can not use a tripod but the objects are well lit

Toltec Urn, God of Death, after 1100 AD
Teotihuacan Classic period
Huasatec Goddess of Fertility.  Gulf Coast  El Tajin
Veracruz 300 AD
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Depictions of skeletons are common in ancient art
El Tajin and Cempoala re veracruz ruin sites    Cempoala Ruin Site
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