Ceramic Trees of Life: Popular Art from Mexico

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Mulryan brings 25 years of experience conducting field research on Mexican ceramic art to this text, her third collaboration with the Fowler Museum. The publication accompanies an exhibition drawn largely from the Gerald Daniel Collection of Mexican Folk Art, gifted to the Museum in 1997, and features works dating from the 1940s to late-1990s. The text traces the origins of the Tree of Life to its pre-Columbian past, and the evolution of the genre in three Mexican potting towns. Illustrated throughout with color photographs. No subject index. Distributed by the U. of Washington Press. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Lenore Hoag Mulryan has actively conducted research on Mexican ceramic art for a period of nearly twenty-five years. Her two previous Fowler publications, Mexican Figural Ceramists and Their Works and Nagual in the Garden: Fantastic Animals in Mexican Ceramics are also based upon that research.

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One of the most recognizable and beloved of popular Mexican art forms is the Tree of Life, elaborate ceramic constructions depicting stylized trees with diverse human and animal figures perching on their many branches. Trees of Life are "complex hybrids of indigenous and European concepts and customs" and therefore reflect a grand spectrum of cosmologies and historical vignettes. Mexican art specialist Mulryan and her art historian and anthropologist contributors offer a lively history of the Tree of Life from its roots in the reverence for trees expressed by the Maya, Aztec, and Mixtec to the grafting on of Christian beliefs. Mulryan and company also explain the techniques involved in the complex, gravity-defying construction of Trees of Life and profile a contemporary master potter, Heron Martinez Mendoza, but best of all are the gorgeously detailed photographs of Trees of Life from pre-Columbian times to the present.

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