Dr. Sarahh Scher


About Dr. Sarahh Scher

Dr. Sarahh Scher is a Contributing Editor for Pre-Columbian South American Art. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Emory University and an M.F.A. in printmaking from New Mexico State University. Her research focuses on issues surrounding the representation of gender, identity, and costume in the Andean area. She teaches part-time at Salem State University.



Inverse-face beaker
Feline fangs, rather than human teeth, suggest that this figure is either supernatural or in contact with deities.

Inverse-Face Beaker






Intro to the Inka
The Inka empire spanned from Ecuador to Chile, and was connected by a road system used for official business only.

Introduction to the Inka


Feline-Head Bottle
Multiple points of view are combined in the decoration of this vessel, tip it and see!

Feline-Head Bottle




Moche bottle
Thousands of ceramic bottles were produced by Moche ceramicists, and many multiples were made using molds.

Moche Portrait Head Bottle



Doe Shaman
We don’t know what the makers of this figure called her, but we can tell that she is at once human and animal.

Doe Shaman Effigy


All-T’oqapu Tunic
Andean cultures had long valued textiles, but they were especially significant and finely-made in the Inka Empire.

All-T’oqapu Tunic



Machu Picchu
The Inka emperor hosted feasts, performed religious ceremonies, and ruled his empire from this remote citadel.

Machu Picchu


Cusco
It has been argued that Cusco was laid out in the shape of a puma, symbolizing Inka might.

City of Cusco


Chavin culture
The location of Chavín between the desert coast and Amazon made it a key site for transmission of artistic style.

Chavín de Huántar