Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Arid North > Cabuza


The artistic development of the Cabuza culture was marked by the influence of the Tiwanaku Empire. Motifs from the ruling culture became features of different Cabuza artistic forms. Wooden spoons displayed finely incised decorations on their shafts, placed there for reasons that could not be purely practical. Another example is the finely woven textiles that feature lateral striping and geometric motifs in red, blue, green, yellow and brown. Ceramics typical of this period are usually painted with black (and occasionally white) designs over red, with different combinations of geometric elements, mainly lines, triangles and waves forming decorative bands. This style of ceramics is interpreted as a local expression of the Tiwanaku culture, on the coast. Two other items point to the influence of this Altiplano culture on the Cabuza groups: The wooden or ceramic kero cups that replicate Tiwanaku iconography and the bicolor and multicolored four-cornered hats.