Ancient West Mexico; Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past

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Encompassing the modern states of Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit, the archaeological region of ancient West Mexico is renowned for its spectacular earthenware tomb sculpture, the legacy of societies that flourished there between 200 B.C. and A.D. 800. This book and the major exhibition it accompanies document the splendid accomplishments of the region, bringing together more than 220 of the finest examples of its sculpture from both public and private collections worldwide. The essays are supplemented by maps, ...
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New York 1998 Hardcover First edition New in new jacket Exhibit Catalogue. ISBN: 0500050929. [Folio] 308p. ill. (b/w & col., maps. ) biblio. New in dj protected against wear and ... tear in Brodart Archival Mylar. Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Ancient West Mexico: Art of the Unknown Past, ' at The Art Institute of Chicago from September 5 to November 22, 1998; and at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art from December 20 to March 29, 1999. New in dj protected against wear and tear in Brodart Archival Mylar. Read more Show Less

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Encompassing the modern states of Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit, the archaeological region of ancient West Mexico is renowned for its spectacular earthenware tomb sculpture, the legacy of societies that flourished there between 200 B.C. and A.D. 800. This book and the major exhibition it accompanies document the splendid accomplishments of the region, bringing together more than 220 of the finest examples of its sculpture from both public and private collections worldwide. The essays are supplemented by maps, archaeological site plans, tomb reconstructions, and photographs of the West Mexican landscape.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500050927
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 12.23 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Lenders to the Exhibition 6
Foreword 7
Acknowledgments 8
Introduction: Renewing the Inquiry in Ancient West Mexico 15
Pt. I The Teuchitlan Tradition: An Archaeological Prospect
The Teuchitlan Tradition: Rise of a Statelike Society 35
Excavating the Tomb at Huitzilapa 53
Mortuary Practices in the Shaft-Tomb Region 71
Pt. II Interpreting the Tomb Sculptures of Ancient West Mexico
Food for the Dead: The West Mexican Art of Feasting 89
Before Gods, Before Kings 107
Sacred Sun Centers 137
The West Mexican Ballgame 151
Shamanic Symbolism, Transformation, and Deities in West Mexican Funerary Art 169
The Iconography of Rulership in Ancient West Mexico 191
Pt. III Comparative Views
Natural Resources and Human Settlements in Ancient West Mexico 205
The Sayula Basin: Ancient Settlements and Resources 217
They Came to Trade Exquisite Things: Ancient West Mexican-Ecuadorian Contacts 233
The Evolution of Complex Societies in West Mexico: A Comparative Perspective 251
Pt. IV A Modernist Perspective
West Mexican Art and Modernist Artists 267
Catalogue of the Exhibition 283
Notes 291
Bibliography 299
Contributors 306
Photography Credits 308
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