The Spirit of Ancient Peru: Treasures from the Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera

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A beautifully illustrated volume that presents more than a hundred and sixty works of art from Lima's famed Larco collection, the world's largest private collection of pre-Hispanic Peruvian art. Spectacular ceramics, textiles, metalwork and sculpture from the Chavín, Cupisnique, Salinar, Gallinazo, Moche, Parcas, Nasca, Lambayeque, Huari, Chimú and Inca cultures are illustrated and described, all with colour photographs. Some of the objects are remarkable for the skill of their craftmenship, such as ornate gold and silver jewellery and headresses, others intriguing for the beliefs they reveal, such as an intricate Lambayeque textile featuring elaborate divine beings, others are simply extraordinary, for example mosiac earplugs!

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The superabundance of Middle Andean pre-Columbian treasures reposing in the Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera, Lima, are without quantitative or qualitative equal. This handsomely illustrated catalog of an exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco is an exquisite sampling of some 160 objects from that stellar collection. Although examples from all aspects of the artistic tradition of ancient Peru are reflected in this exhibition, the collector's preference for the northern coastal ceramics of the Moche culture is evident. Among the several prefatory essays is a succinct overview of the historical, environmental, and ideological context in which these artistic traditions flourished. The comprehensively illustrated catalog contains fully elaborated discussions of the objects' forms, techniques, iconography, and probable provenances. Although the book is wanting in stylistic analysis, the convincing elucidation of context and content make for a substantial and significant contribution to general collections.?Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
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