Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes

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Lakewood, New Jersey, U.S.A. 1992 S Trade Paperback New in None (as issued) jacket Square and solid, unread--sweet perfection! When you receive this book, you'll feel as though ... you've received a rare gift from one of Scheherazade's fabled djinn! You MAY even cartwheel with glee! Read more Show Less

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A breathtaking excursion into the imagination and intellect of Amerindian civilization, this lavishly illustrated catalog of a traveling exhibition marking the Columbus quincentennial explores the common threads in 14 cultures. Moving from the Olmec, Maya and Aztec of Mexico and Guatemala through the Chavin culture (900-200 B.C.) of the Andes to the Moche, Chimu and the Inca empire, the essays by 26 scholars decipher sacred geographies, myths and ancient beliefs as they are transmitted through visual arts and architecture. In their paintings, for example, the Nimbres people of New Mexico depicted an intimate, often humorous world of animals, humans and plants. On Bolivia's high plateau, the pyramids, carvings and sunken plazas of Tiwanaku define this city's role as center of the cosmos. Aztec pyramids, Maya codices, ancient Panamanian crocodile masks and the Nazca desert drawings of Peru are also discussed. Townsend is a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791311883
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 12.08 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Acknowledgments 10
Preface: The Encounter of Cultures 15
Ch. 1 Principles and Themes 23
Maps of North, Meso-, and South America 24
General Chronology 26
Introduction: Landscape and Symbol 29
Pre-Columbian Images of Time 49
The Persistence of Maya Tradition in Zinacantan 61
Mankind and the Earth in America and Europe 71
Ch. 2 The Southwest 83
Map of the Southwest 84
Chronology with sites 87
Mimbres Art: Form and Imagery 89
The Architecture of the Ancient Southwest 103
Ch. 3 Mesoamerica 115
Map of Mesoamerica 116
Chronology with sites 119
Order and Nature in Olmec Art 121
The Natural World as Civic Metaphor at Teotihuacan 135
The Beginnings of Preclassic Maya Art and Architecture 147
The Image of People and Nature in Classic Maya Art and Architecture 159
The Renewal of Nature at the Temple of Tlaloc 171
The Aztec Main Pyramid: Ritual Architecture at Tenochtitlan 187
Pictorial Codices of Ancient Mexico 197
Ch. 4 Central America and the Northern Andes 211
Map of Central America and the Northern Andes 212
Chronology with sites 215
Cosmovision of the Chiefdoms of the Isthmus of Panama 217
Symbols Ideology and the Expression of Power in La Tolita, Ecuador 229
The Tairona of Ancient Colombia 245
Ch. 5 Andean Civilization 259
Map of the Southern Andes 260
Chronology with sites 263
The Sacred Center of Chavin de Huantar 265
Paracas Necropolis Textiles: Symbolic Visions of Coastal Peru 279
Interpreting the Nazca Lines 291
The World of Moche 303
Tiwanaku: The City at the Center 317
Camelids and Chaos in Huari and Tiwanaku Textiles 335
Inca Architecture and the Sacred Landscape 347
Ancestral Time and Sacred Space in Inca State Ritual 359
Checklist of the Exhibition 373
Bibliography 383
Author Biographies 393
Lenders 396
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