Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes

Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (16) from $23.95   
  • New (3) from $49.95   
  • Used (13) from $23.94   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing 1 – 2 of 3
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

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

Ships from: torrance, CA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing 1 – 2 of 3
Sort by
Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)