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Ancient American Art in Detail

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Gorgeously illustrated with items of jade, turquoise, feather work, wood, stone, metalwork, ceramics, and textiles from Mexico and Central and South America—including lifelike Olmec figures in kaolin clay, some 2500 years old; a superb Aztec ceremonial flint knife with a mosaic handle; and a dyed cotton and wool bag woven in Peru at least 600 years ago—this book explores the rich and complex traditions of ancient American art. Archaeologist Colin McEwan considers the relationship between art and nature, how objects were used in spiritual rites, the role of masks, and how rituals like ancestor deification, sacrifice, fertility, and procreation shaped the material culture.

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ISBN

978-0674033153

Pages

144

Cover

Hardcover

Publisher

Harvard University Press; First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated) edition (June 15, 2009)