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Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico: The Andrall E. Pearson Family Collectionby Kristi Butterwick
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During the years between 300 B.C.E. and 400 C.E., peoples in a western region of Mexico lived in small, economically successful communities in a land of abundant natural resources. In these communities—now the modern Mexican states of Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit—family lineage was important and burial sites were often conjoined to hold numerous relatives. Ceramic objects were also buried to testify to the familys wealth; some of these were large three-dimensional human figures. These compelling figural sculptures are the focus of this book.
Heritage of Power features forty sculptures from the three major stylistic areas of West Mexican ceramic sculpture, each named for one of the modern Mexican states. While there are similarities among them (all areas produced Ancestor Pairs, for example), there are also interesting differences: representations of ballplayers and warriors were more common in Jalisco, and depictions of animals and birds were chiefly made in Colima. This, and much more, is explored in this beautifully illustrated volume.
Book News Annotation:
This catalogue for an exhibition held in 2004-2005 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York contains a lengthy essay by the archaeologist Butterwick (curator, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colo.) describing the civilization that produced these s mall ceramic sculpture of warriors, ancestral figures, shaman, and animals. Forty- two works are included in the catalogue, each depicted in a color plate and accompanied by a full catalogue entry. A selected bibliography is provided; there is no index. The catalogue is distributed by Yale U. Press.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Kristi Butterwick, an archaeologist who has long worked in West Mexico, is curator at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado.
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