Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Arid North > Toconce – Turi


These groups manufactured a variety of crafts in stone, wood, bone, textiles and metal, as well producing baskets, decorated gourds, bead necklaces of worked copper and toba stone. They also made implements for inhaling hallucinogenic substances, such as tablets, tubes and small boxes. In the ceramic arts, locally they produced mainly large monochrome pots, jugs and plates. These had smooth or polished finished and were painted black or red. Most imported ceramics found in the zone are items that would have been acquired in trade with other groups living around Lake Titicaca and in northwest Argentina. Rock art from this period consists mostly of engravings of human figures in scenes with camelid caravans in schematic representations that nonetheless evoke the simple line drawings of ancient styles of naturalist rock art found in the region.