We have taken three trips to visit the museum at Bahia (pronounced Bah-EE-ah) and each time we have said we need more time to see all of the exhibits! It is a very modern museum (museo) located overlooking the Chone River on the main road leading into town.
Walking in the door one’s attention is drawn to a large balsa wood sail boat projecting from the wall with life-sized mannequins and trading materials.
There are four floors worth of exhibits and a large room with an auditorium setting for presentations and special art exhibits. One interesting tour shows paintings by Ecuadorian artists depicting the history of mankind from creation to present day with samples from all sorts of art techniques or schools.
We went the first time to see an exhibit by our friend from Jama, Ecuador, Lisa Brunetti where she showed her “Mola” series of pictures. You can see more of Lisa’s art at: http://playamart.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/precolumbian-mola-series-watercolor/#more-94.
In this post I will concentrate on showing a few of the many artifacts on display at the museum. These artifacts are arranged in displays showing different cultures from thousands of years of civilization in the coastal area of Ecuador, Manabi province. The ancient inhabitants from pre-Incan times mastered the art of ship building using balsa wood from Manabi province to sail as far north as Mexico and down to Chile trading spondylus shells for other items of value.
One of the important trading stops on the spondylus trade route was located at Chirije near our home between San Clemente and Bahia and many of the items on display at the museum in Bahia come from the dig sites at Chirije. Information about Chirije is listed on the left side of this display:
You can see more about the artifacts at Chrije at an earlier post of ours: https://johnandmarylivingitupinecuador.wordpress.com/page/2/?s=chirije.
We hope you enjoy these photos of artifacts from the museum at Bahia:
Life is good in Ecuador!
Written by John