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To Weave for the Sun: Ancient Andean Textiles in The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; With contributions by: Anne Paul, Susan A. Niles, Margaret Young Sánchez.

Stone-Miller, Rebecca.

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ISBN 10: 0500277931 / ISBN 13: 9780500277935
Published by Thames and Hudson,, [London], 1992
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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271 p. 551 ill. (92 color plates). Catalogue of over 325 examples in the collection, with foreword by Alan Shestack; title essay and "Creative Abstractions: Middle Horizon Textiles in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" by Rebecca Stone-Miller; "Procedures, Patterns, and Deviations in Paracas Embroidered Textiles" by Anne Paul; "Textile Traditions of the Late Intermediate Period" by Margaret Young Sánchez; "Artist and Empire in Inca and Colonial Textiles" by Susan A. Niles; histories and discussion of 80 selected examples; glossary; and bibliography, p. 266-271. Published in conjunction with exhibition. Bookseller Inventory # 022052

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Title: To Weave for the Sun: Ancient Andean ...

Publisher: Thames and Hudson,, [London]

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Original Wraps

Book Condition:Very Good

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Textiles were the Incas' most prized possessions. Their first gifts to European strangers were made not of gold and silver, but of camelid fibre and cotton. They believed that the highest form of weaving was created expressly for the sun, which they considered the greatest of the celestial powers. This book uses this image to symbolise Andean tradition as a whole and documents the collection of ancient and Colonial Andean textiles in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which is among the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. Described and illustrated here, in many cases for the first time are the finest examples from the collection: weavings of astonishing virtuosity with striking geometric designs, elaborate carpets and covers, mantles, tunics, featherwork, woven shoes with metal decoration and intriguing figural sculptures with tapestry faces - representing the major cultures of the pre-Columbian period as well as the achievements of Spanish Colonial times. A chronological overview and accompanying essays examine the weavings as primary sources of information about their makers. For archaeologists, ethnographers, textile designers and weavers and all those who appreciate the brilliant artistry of ancient civilizations, the achievement of the weaver as creative artist is both celebrated and explored.

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