Canelos Quichua Ceramic Collection

Our collection features one of the finest ceramics traditions to be found in Amazonian South America. Canelos Quichua pottery resonates deeply with the culture, history, mythology, cosmology, ecology, and contemporary lives of the Quichua-speaking people of eastern Ecuador.

This collection from Pastaza Province, Ecuador, was purchased from the Sacha Runa Research Foundation by The Ohio State University in 2015. Ethnographic information on the ceramic collection was provided by Norman Whitten, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology & Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Curator of the Spurlock Museum, Senior University Scholar, Editor of UI Press series “Interpretations of Culture in the New Millennium.”