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 Emerson College and Lesley University.


The ritual this was made for was enacted in fields the Inka owned — in the Chancay lands they had conquered.

An Inka paccha


The blending of human and animal traits in this figure shows us that the Chancay people were keen observers of nature.

Chancay Standing Female Figure



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