This exhibit is divided up into four major types of objects: masks, common objects, ceremonial objects, musical instruments.
These delineations are somewhat limiting, as many of the objects take on the properties of two or three of these classifications.
A fifth classification comes from the Pianistas themselves. Sculpture was a native word that is difficult to interpret, but
can be loosely translated as "without any particular use."
The Pianistas were very prolific, but an accurate history of their culture and an interpretation of the true meaning of
these objects can only be guessed at, for there was no written language. It should be noted that Pianista artifacts in the
past were variously thought of as primitive crafts, cult objects or other. Documentation by collectors was either non-existent,
misleading or completely fabricated. The objects themselves may have be altered by misguided museum workers and authentication
is often difficult.
We show the works with catalog notes, and whenever possible, try to reconcile early theories and observations with a contemporary
eye, especially in light of recent research. Please enjoy the exhibit and feel free to touch any of the objects unless otherwise
noted or inherently dangerous. To use an old Pianista saying, you should move through the exhibit (and life) "slowly,