The Lewis K. and Elizabeth M. Land Collection

Lewis K. Land (1904–1987) was a remarkable collector and businessman. From his early career in India and throughout a lifetime of wide-ranging interests, collecting became, for Land, a means of solidifying his varied intellectual pursuits. Geology and mineralogy were his first passions, but as years went by he became ever more fascinated with the objects and cultural histories of the ancient Americas.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are most grateful to the late Lewis K. Land, his wife Elizabeth M. Land (1914–2008); and their daughters Barbara, Frances, and Helen for the generous donation over two hundred works to the Fine Arts Museums in 2009. The collection includes ceramics from throughout the ancient Americas, many of which originate from the Maya region and West Mexico. A selection of works from the Lewis K. and Elizabeth M. Land Collection are on view in the Arts of the Americas galleries at the de Young.