Faking the Ancient Andes

Faking the Ancient Andes

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Faking the Ancient Andes

Nasca pots, Quimbaya figurines, Moche porn figures, stone shamans. Fakes and forgeries run rampant in the Andean art collections of international museums and private individuals. Authors Karen Bruhns and Nancy Kelker 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. This is 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 Mesoamerican archaeology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598743951
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/15/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Credits 6

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

1 Imagined Histories: The Problem of Fakes 19

2 Artisans, Ateliers, and their Faux Works 33

3 All That Glitters Is Not Old 57

4 All Slipped up and Everywhere to Go 83

5 Clay-Mates, or Imagination Run Riot 107

6 Hard Cheese for Hard Rocks 125

7 Pocket Candy: Lapidary Arts and Objets de Vertu in the Andes 137

8 Woodcarvers, Weavers, and Fake Mummies? 159

9 Phoenicians and Dinosaurs: The Squirrelly Side of Forgery 179

Epilogue: Money, Money! 187

Notes 193

References 201

Index 215

About the Authors 224

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