Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Center > Central Chile’s First Communities


These people were the first to produce ceramics in the region. They crafted thin-walled vessels in simple forms, with dark surfaces that were sometimes polished. Some pieces featured nipple-shaped appliqués close to the lip, while others were decorated with red paint on a cream-colored glaze or with red ochre. They also made personal adornments such as stone bead necklaces and ceramic tembetás (adornment worn in the lower lip), although these were not typical of their culture. Like other groups of this era, they made ceramic pipes.