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Rufino Tamayo Museum

 

 

The museum contains collections of pre-Columbian art once owned by artist Rufino Tamayo.[1] It is housed in a building constructed in 1979 by the architects Teodoro González de León and Abraham Zabludovsky. The displays are arranged according to aesthetic themes.

One of the chief purposes of Tamayo and the museum was to collect the historic pieces, and to protect them from entering the illegal artifact traders market. Tamayo left the museum to his native state of Oaxaca, for his fellow Mexicans awarenes of their rich cultural heritage.

The museum is divided into four colour coded sections

 

 

 

 

 

The Pink Room

 

 

Middle Pre-Classic Period 1250 B.C to 200 A.D

 

Funery Figurines

 

Olmec Figurines

Late Proto-Classic figures

 

The Blue Room

Late Pre-Classic Period 1250 B.C to 200 A.D

Ceramics from Colima utilising human and animal forms

 

Stylized representation of a warrior wearing a helmet and armour protection (left) and Seated Woman (right)
Classic period 200 A.D. to 750 A.D. Nayarit, West Coast of Mexico

 

 

Person wearing a special helmet with frontal horns tied with leather straps, probably a warrior
late Pre-Classic Period. Colima 1250 B.C. to 200 A.D.

Teotihuacan style stone carved female figure. A prime example of stone carving.
Classic Period 200 A.D. to 750 A.D

Human head moulded in unbaked clay. This piece, unique for its being made from clumbly clay, is one of the first of that material ever discovered. It conserves abundant traces of its original colour. Probably Miztec with Vera Cruzcultural influences. Late Classic Period 750 A.D. to 950 A.D.

God of Death seated on throne
Classic Culture of Central Vera Cruz 200 A.D. to 750 A.D.

Priest wearing mask of Xipe, God of Fertility
Classic Culture of Central Vera Cruz 200 A.D. to 750 A.D.

Funery urns representing divinities. El Dios Cosijo, El Dios Murcielago, the Goddess of Maise,etc
Monte Alban periods I, II and III 1250 B.C to 750 A.D.

The Green Room

Classic Period. Central Vera Cruz 200 A.D. to 750 A.D.

Figure in ritual costume
Classic Period. Central Vera Cruz 200 A.D. to 750 A.D.

Classic Maya. Campeche. 750 to 950 D.C.

 

The Orange Room

 

 

Late Teotihucan Period 750 A.D. to 950 A.D
Funerary urn from Xico, State of Mexico

Vera Cruz Puebla Colima

Terminal Period 1100 A. D. to 1521 A.D
Three versions of Xipe, God of Fertility

 

Ritual vessel with the face of Tlaloc
Puebla 1100 A.D. to 1521 A.D.

 

Xochipilli as a music God with painted white hand around mouth