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Ancient West Mexico: Art and ArchaeoloGy of the Unknown Past

Townsend, Richard F.

ISBN 10: 0500050929 / ISBN 13: 9780500050927
Published by Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1998
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Title: Ancient West Mexico: Art and ArchaeoloGy of ...

Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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This volume documents the splendid accomplishments of Ancient West Mexico, and brings together some of its finest examples of sculptural art, including representations of people, animals and plants, as well as vessels and models of houses, ceremonial centres, ball games and ritual scenes. All the extraordinary earthenware figures illustrated here have been recovered from burial sites and shaft tombs. They represent a wide range of subjects - warriors, chieftains, ladies, acrobats, shamans, musicians, ball players, festival couples and bound prisoners - in a variety of styles from about 200 BC to AD 800 - that compose the artistic canon of Ancient West Mexico, a region encompassing the modern states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit.

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This beautiful and impressively researched book accompanies an exhibit organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. Editor Townsend is curator of the institute's Department of African and Amerindian Art and author of The Aztecs (Thames & Hudson, 1993), among other titles. The book's 15 essays, written by an international group of experts, explore the art, archaeology, and cultural and political history of the region while demonstrating connections to other Mesoamerican cultures and influence on major 20th-century painters and sculptors. The essays are supplemented by 446 illustrations, maps, chronological charts, site plans, and tomb reconstructions. Few other books exist on this area of Mexico, which recent investigations indicate was a much more advanced culture than originally believed. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries and for special collections.?Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis
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