Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art
Rufino Tamayo Collection
The Oaxacan artist Rufino
art from all over Mexico.
He donated his collection
in 1974 to the city of Oaxaca.
Museo de Arte
Morelos, #503 (street)
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Closed Tuesdays Hours
Fee 34 Pesos
Rufino Tamayo Museum of
The collection displays the artist's interest in ancient art and is a comprehensive sample of Mexico's ancient art. The pieces came to the collection before the era of organized archaeology from unsupervised digs and therefore have broad dates, making the museum more a collection of art than a museum of archaeology.
Rufino Tamayo Museum's Oaxacan Rain God Cociyo
was born in Oaxaca in 1899 to Zapotec parents and studied art in Mexico city as a young man. He studied the assembled artifacts in the Mexico City museums, drawing them and developing his interest in ancient art. He left Mexico in 1937 and taught art for ten years in New York City and then moved to
Paris with his wife Olga in 1949, staying until 1959. He returned to Oaxaca and donated his collection of ancient art to the city of Oaxaca in 1974 and also donated a collection of contemporary art to the country of Mexico. He died in 1991 as one of Mexico's most celebrated modern artists.
Urns from the early, the classic, and the post classic period of Oaxaca. 100AD -1000 AD
Monte Alban and the valley ruin sites within a few miles of the City of Oaxaca contain tombs where artifacts of this type would have been placed either within the tomb or at the entrance. Many of the artifacts in the Tamayo collection have broad dating because they were removed from tombs before organized archaeology got its start.
Local organized archaeology started in the region during the early digs of Alfonso Caso in the 1930s when Caso and colleagues developed the ceramic chronology.
Late Classic/Post Classic 8Th-10Th Century AD
Classic Cociyo, The Rain God, 500-800AD
Oaxaca's Pre-Hispanic Art
Oaxaca's Pre-Hispanic art can be seen in the Tamayo Museum
and at the regional Museum located next to the Temple of Santo Domingo
Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-hispanic Art
Photos of the Collection
The northern Rain God Tlaloc made an appearance in Oaxaca both before the classic period of Monte Alban, (San Jose el Mogote), and after the abandonment of the city in 800 AD, but during Monte Alban's reign, Cociyo was the dominant Rain God.
Ceramic vessels of a type found in the southern regions of Oaxaca State, trade goods likely manufactured in Chiapas State's Tapachula
Classic Period Monte Alban, Oaxacan Valley art
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Oaxacan artist Rufino Tamayo donated his
collection of Pre-Hispanic art to the City of Oaxaca in 1974 and created the
Museo de Arte
Carvings on the lower jaw displayed at the Rufino Tamayo Museum