Peru: Art from the Chavin to the Incas

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Richly illustrated, this book describes the grandeur and richness of the numerous civilizations predating the Incas, including the Paracas, Nazca, Recuay, Sicán-Lambayeque, Moche-Sipán, and Chimú cultures, as well as the great Inca civilization. Included in the book are the important sites and landscapes representative of the three major ecological levels of Peru, as well as a general view and a historical perspective of the pre-Columbian cultures of Peru. Luis Guillermo Lumbreras examines the historical and ...

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Overview

Richly illustrated, this book describes the grandeur and richness of the numerous civilizations predating the Incas, including the Paracas, Nazca, Recuay, Sicán-Lambayeque, Moche-Sipán, and Chimú cultures, as well as the great Inca civilization. Included in the book are the important sites and landscapes representative of the three major ecological levels of Peru, as well as a general view and a historical perspective of the pre-Columbian cultures of Peru. Luis Guillermo Lumbreras examines the historical and archaeological context while Fernando de Szyslo presents the viewpoint of a contemporary Peruvian artist. Informative text written by Peruvian specialists in the field introduce each chapter dedicated to each of the pre-Columbian cultures. Two hundred stunning objects—pottery, textiles, and jewelry—illustrate the varied artistic achievements of each ancient culture.

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Luis Guillermo Lumbreras is an archaeologist and director of the Peruvian Instituto Nacional de Cultura. Fernando de Szyslo is a prominent Peruvian artist. Alvaro Roca-Rey is director of the Museo de la Nación of Lima.

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Table of Contents

History and archaeology of Pre-Columbian 3
Art in Pre-Columbian Peru 15
The early horizon 21
The Viru culture 33
The Vicus culture 41
The Paracas culture 51
The Nazca culture 59
The Mochica culture and the archaeological discoveries of Sipan 73
Middle horizon (Wari and Tiwanaku) 109
The Recuay culture 129
The Sican or Lambayeque culture 137
Chimor, the kingdom of the desert 157
The Chancay culture 175
A brief overview of the Inca state 183
Artistic techniques in ancient Peru 205
Main Andean road - Qhapaq Nan nomination process for the UNESCO world heritage list 213
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