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Ancient American Art in Detail (Art in Detail)

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This latest title in a strikingly beautiful series of collectable books turns our attention to the rich variety of art from the Ancient Americas. We gain fascinating insights into the design and production of a wide range of objects from Mexico and Central and South America. Enlarged details chosen to inspire, illuminate, and surprise bring us close to the world of the Olmecs, Mayans, Mixtecs, Aztecs, and Incans.

Beginning by asking what constitutes Ancient American art, Colin McEwan contextualizes this art in its complexity of form and meaning. The close-ups provide the reader with insights that even a behind-the-scenes museum tour cannot offer. As we move across a range of cultures and media, we understand larger issues within which these works of art are embedded: What is the relationship between art and nature in the Ancient Americas? How were these objects used in ritual and religious practices? What is the role of masks? How do the practices of ancestor deification, sacrifice, and rituals related to fertility and procreation shape the visual and material culture of the Ancient Americas?

Jade, turquoise, featherwork, metalwork, wood, stone, ceramics, textiles, and illustrations--each beautifully photographed object is part of the extraordinary Ancient American collection of the British Museum. The beauty of the smallest details is magnified and contextualized through accompanying essays written by experts in Ancient American art.

Synopsis:

This latest title in a strikingly beautiful series of collectable books turns our attention to the rich variety of art from the Ancient Americas. Beginning by asking what constitutes Ancient American art, Colin McEwan contextualizes this art in its complexity of form and meaning. The beauty of the smallest details is magnified and contextualized through accompanying essays written by experts in Ancient American art.

About the Author

Colin McEwan is an archaeologist and Head of the Americas section of the British Museum, co-author of Turquoise Mosaics from Mexico, and editor of Unknown Amazon and Precolumbian Gold.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674033153
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Author:
McEwan, Colin
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
History - Ancient/Classical
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
American
Subject:
Mexico Antiquities.
Subject:
Central America Antiquities.
Subject:
Caribbean & Latin American
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
ART / History/Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Social Science - Archaeology
Copyright:
Series:
Art in Detail
Publication Date:
June 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color illustrations
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » Archaeology » New World

Ancient American Art in Detail (Art in Detail)
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"Synopsis" by , This latest title in a strikingly beautiful series of collectable books turns our attention to the rich variety of art from the Ancient Americas. Beginning by asking what constitutes Ancient American art, Colin McEwan contextualizes this art in its complexity of form and meaning. The beauty of the smallest details is magnified and contextualized through accompanying essays written by experts in Ancient American art.
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