Inca Pottery: Geometrical and Symmetrical Designs

Inca Pottery: Geometric and Symmetrical Designs
Close-up of Inca's graceful, symmetrical pottery design. Photo credit: incas.homestead

Inca Pottery. Hiram Bingham, the American historian and explorer whom stumbled upon the ruins of Machu Picchu in 1911 in reference to Inca pottery, wrote “In addition to agriculture and the breeding of useful plants and animals, the Incas carried to a remarkable extreme the manufacture of graceful, symmetrical pottery. They learned to recognize different kinds and qualities of potter’s clay. They selected localities marked by the finest type of clay for the worship of favorable divinities and the manufacture of the most delicate dishes.”

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The artistry of Inca Pottery is astounding. From the fine quality of the clay used to the artwork and engraved designs, shapes of the jars and refined finish. Inca Pottery is famous for its hard and polished coating, and notably the geometrical and symmetrical displays of repetitive lines, curves, cross-hatching, ciphers, and parallelograms. With regards to the shapes of the jars, Incas tend to favor the forms of birds and other animals as opposed to that of human. The Incas preferred (or should I say cultured) way of decorating their ceramic pieces was to use a multitude of imageries and shades. They usually painted their pottery with shades of red, brown, beige, yellow, orange, black and white.

Inca Pottery: Geometric and Symmetrical Designs
Inca Pottery.

The artistry of pottery making was customary prior to, throughout, and after the Inca Empire. At its heyday and existence, the Inca Empire was the largest and most prosperous nation on Earth. Cuzco was an important city of this era and was noted as the wealthiest in the world. The engineering feats and affluence of the Inca attracted explorers, anthropologists and archaeologists to the Andean nations in pursuit of learning about the Incas forward-thinking ways and advanced lifestyles and what led to their subsequent demise. It was during many of these expeditions, when a great deal of the Inca Pottery (and their remnants) was discovered buried and in ruins of structures scattered through the locale.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

With the arrival of Francisco Pizarro from Spain in 1532 with his men, the “conquistadors,” proved the beginning of the end for the Inca empire. The Spaniards dismantled many of the Incas’ structures built from gold and other precious metals in order to take the materials. Machu Picchu was one of few sites that is said to have been missed by the savages, which was stumbled upon practically intact by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca fortress. Today, its wide-ranging ruins, elaborate and intricate terraces reign supreme over the Peruvian landscape.

As with the Incas engineering and other artistic representations, Inca Pottery revealed impeccable craftsmen, ingenuity, geometrical and symmetrical designs.



Article by: Candy Weiss, L’ EcoResorts