The Aztecs

The Aztecs

by Eduardo Matos Moctezuma

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Overview

This important new book documents the splendid artistic legacy of the Aztecs, an extraordinary people who, in the space of only 200 years from 1325 to 1521, created one of the most impressive civilizations in the world.Published to accompany one of the greatest exhibitions of Aztec culture ever seen, this comprehensive volume with over 500 superb colorplates presents works of turquoise, gold, and jade, polychrome ceramics, illustrated codices and manuscripts, and monumental stone and wood sculptures. Nine authoritative essays written by a team of renowned scholars from Mexico, Britain, and the United States explore the Aztecs' view of the cosmos and their place within it, their religious beliefs, rulers, philosophy and literature, techniques of warfare, and day-to-day life. This book will stand as the definitive book on the Aztecs for years to come.


About the Author:
Eduardo Matos Moctezuma is Coordinator of the Proyecto Templo Mayor. Felipe Solis Olguin is Director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847810918
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 10/15/1989
Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Forewords7
Essays
1Introduction14
2The Aztecs' Search for the Past22
3Cosmovision, Religion and the Calendar of the Aztecs30
4Aztec Society: Economy, Tribute and Warfare38
5The Templo Mayor, the Great Temple of the Aztecs48
6Art at the Time of the Aztecs56
7Aztec Codices, Literature and Philosophy64
8The Conquest72
9Exhibitions and Collectors of Pre-Hispanic Mexican Artefacts in Britain80
Catalogue
IAntecedents93
IIThe Human Form119
IIIThe Natural World141
IVGods of Life171
VGods of Death205
VIReligion225
VIIGold and Symbols of Status245
VIIIThe Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan275
IXTreasures323
XContact: Indo-Christian Art343
XICodices359
Catalogue Entries400
Table of Rulers496
Guide to Glyphs497
Glossary498
Bibliography500
List of Lenders510
Photographic Credits511
Acknowledgements512
Index513

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