Faking Ancient Mesoamerica

Faking Ancient Mesoamerica

by Nancy L Kelker, Karen O Bruhns
     
 

ISBN-10: 1598741497

ISBN-13: 9781598741490

Pub. Date: 12/01/2009

Publisher: Left Coast Press

Crystal skulls, imaginative codices, dubious Olmec heads and cute Colima dogs. Fakes and forgeries run rampant in the Mesoamerican art collections of international museums and private individuals. Authors Nancy Kelker and Karen Bruhns examine the phenomenon in this eye-opening volume. They discuss the most commonly forged classes and styles of artifacts, many of

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Crystal skulls, imaginative codices, dubious Olmec heads and cute Colima dogs. Fakes and forgeries run rampant in the Mesoamerican art collections of international museums and private individuals. Authors Nancy Kelker and Karen Bruhns examine the phenomenon in this eye-opening volume. They discuss the most commonly forged classes and styles of artifacts, many of which were being duplicated as early as the 19th century. More important, they describe the system whereby these objects get made, purchased, authenticated, and placed in major museums as well as the complicity of forgers, dealers, curators, and collectors in this system. Unique to this volume are biographies of several of the forgers, who describe their craft and how they are able to effectively fool connoisseurs and specialists. An important, accessible introduction to pre-Columbian art fraud for archaeologists, art historians, and museum professionals alike. A parallel volume by the same authors discusses fakes in Andean archaeology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598741490
Publisher:
Left Coast Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,027,055
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Credits 6

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

1 The Secret Lies of Fakes 15

2 Forgery Is Not New 31

3 The Nine Lives of Fakes 45

4 A Rogues' Gallery oh Forgers, Fakers, and Facilitators 59

5 Escaping De Landa's Bonfire of the Vanities 81

6 Between a Rock and a Hard Fake 111

7 Feat of Clay 129

8 The Lapidary's Lament 161

9 Skullduggery 191

10 Wooden Men, Golden Gods, and Tales on the Wall 203

Epilogue: A Word to the Wise 219

Notes 225

References 229

Index 245

About the Authors 256

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