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Art of the Incas and its origins

Author: Henri Stierlin
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli, 1984.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henri Stierlin
ISBN: 0847805298 9780847805297
OCLC Number: 10185554
Notes: "Translation from the French, L'art Inca et ses origines : de Valdivia à Machu Picchu, by Betty and Peter Ross"--Title page verso.
Description: 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Contents: I. Background, population and technological achievements --
Geography of the Andean countries --
Population of the Americas --
The growth of agriculture --
Resources and deficiencies of the Andean peoples --
II. The emergence of civilization : from Valdivia to Chorrera --
The case for Ecuador --
Appearance of ceramics --
The ceremonial centre at Real Alto --
The Machalilla phase : retrogression and innovation --
The diversity of Chorrera pottery --
III. Chavin : the birth of classicism in Peru --
Phases of pre-ceramic agriculture --
Gourd decoration and the art of weaving --
Beginnings of architecture --
The Chavin sanctuary --
Sculpture and iconography --
The dawn of Peruvian ceramics --
IV. Ceramics and gold-work : the heyday of the Mochica culture --
Chavin pottery --
The discovery of Vicus pottery --
Mochica society --
Architecture and town planning --
Panamarca and Pampa Grande --
From portrait vessels to Polychrome pottery --
Ceramics and art --
Art and archetypes --
The emergence of metallurgy --
La Tolita and Jama Coaque --
V. Artists and craftsmen of Paracas-Nazca --
Fourth thousand years of evolution --
From Paracas pottery, to the art of the Nazca potters --
The development of textiles --
Mysterious drawings in the desert --
VI. Art and architecture of Tiahuanaco --
Mythical city --
Architecture of Tiahuanaco --
Town planning and chronology --
Sculpture and iconography --
Diffusion of Tiahuanacoid forms --
Recuay pottery and the Wilcawain tombs --
VII. Mass art in the Chimu Empire --
Building of the Chimu Empire --
Chanchan : a study in urban planning --
The role of the citadels or places --
Sequence and duration --
Architectural decoration --
Ceramics and gold-work --
Chancay and Ica Regions --
VIII. The Inca empire --
Organization and social welfare --
A proliferation of witnesses --
Historical perspective --
Social structure --
Public works --
The intellectual aspect --
A socialist culture --
IX. The Incas and art --
The legacy of the builders --
Planning and the monuments of Cuzco --
The city of Pisac : eagle's nest --
The lost city : Machu Picchu --
Other types of building --
Inca arts and crafts --
The decline of the Pre-Columbians.
Other Titles: Art Inca et ses origines.
Responsibility: Henri Stierlin.

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