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Designs from Pre-Columbian Mexico (Dover Pictorial Archives)

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This is a sourcebook and treasury of unique designs, in a collection never published before—300 original motifs created by the Aztecs, Toltecs, Totonacs, and others—all ready for use by the artist, illustrator, designer, hobbyist, and handicrafter. As an inexpensive source of unusual themes, this volume is unparalleled.

The designs were found on malacates, small clay spindle weights or whorls made by the pre-Conquest peoples of Mexico and discovered in archeological digs. The unknown artists showed great imagination and originality in decorating the essentially round objects, each with its hole at center. In the large outer circles appear motifs of the humanlike deities, animals both real and fantastic, reptiles, birds, flowers, masks, geometrical figures, wheels, foliage, maze-like patterns, frets—employed with all the boldness and fanciful ideas characteristic of pre-Columbian art.

Rendered in sharp black-and-white, the designs may be reproduced, enlarged, reduced, or altered at will. Wherever a novel, strong, rhythmic effect is desired—in advertising, book design, packages, wrappings, labels, bookplates, textiles, wallpapers, leather craft, woodwork, jewelry, metalcraft—these motifs will serve beautifully.

The designs were selected by Jorge Enciso, an outstanding figure in the cultural life of Mexico, from malacates in the archeological museums of Mexico City, Teotihuacán, and Tuxtla Gutiérrez, and the collections of Diego Rivera, William Spratling, Roberto Montenegro, and others.

Dover (1971) original publication.

Synopsis:

A sourcebook and treasury of 300 original motifs created by the Aztecs, Toltecs, Totonacs, and others. The designs were found on "malacates", small clay spindle weights or whorls made by the pre-Conquest people of Mexico and discovered in archaeological digs. Reproduced in sharp black and white, the designs may be reproduced, enlarged, reduced, or altered at will.

Synopsis:

300 bold, rhythmic circle designs, originally incorporated on small clay spindle weights, depicting man-like deities, animals both real and fantastic, reptiles, birds, flowers, masks, geometrical figures, wheels, foliage, maze-like patterns, frets — all employed with the boldness and fanciful characteristics of pre-Columbian art.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486227948
Author:
Enciso, Jorge
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Miscellaneous
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Design - General
Subject:
Clip Art
Subject:
Indian art
Subject:
Spindle-whorls.
Subject:
Indian art -- Mexico.
Subject:
ancient Mexican clip art
Subject:
Toltec clip art
Subject:
Dover
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Pictorial Archives
Series Volume:
38, 47
Publication Date:
19710631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 0.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A sourcebook and treasury of 300 original motifs created by the Aztecs, Toltecs, Totonacs, and others. The designs were found on "malacates", small clay spindle weights or whorls made by the pre-Conquest people of Mexico and discovered in archaeological digs. Reproduced in sharp black and white, the designs may be reproduced, enlarged, reduced, or altered at will.
"Synopsis" by ,
300 bold, rhythmic circle designs, originally incorporated on small clay spindle weights, depicting man-like deities, animals both real and fantastic, reptiles, birds, flowers, masks, geometrical figures, wheels, foliage, maze-like patterns, frets — all employed with the boldness and fanciful characteristics of pre-Columbian art.

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