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Olmec art of ancient Mexico

Author: Elizabeth P Benson; Beatriz de la Fuente; Marcia Castro-Leal Espino; National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Gallery of Art, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Three thousand years ago, in what is now southern Mexico, Olmec art and culture flourished. No written documents survive, but the exceptional beauty and technical brilliance of the sculpture and its seminal importance to other Mesoamerican cultures are evident in the outstanding objects examined in Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico. Specially commissioned photographs illustrate 120 magnificent pieces, which include 17
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Olmec art of ancient Mexico.
Washington, D.C. : National Gallery of Art, 1996
(OCoLC)663320641
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth P Benson; Beatriz de la Fuente; Marcia Castro-Leal Espino; National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
ISBN: 0894682504 9780894682506 0810963280 9780810963283
OCLC Number: 34357584
Notes: To accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, June 30 to Oct. 20, 1996.
Description: 288 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 32 cm
Contents: History of Olmec investigations / Elizabeth P. Benson --
The Olmec world / Richard A. Diehl --
Daily life in Olmec times / Mari Carmen Serra Puche ; with Fernán González de la Vara and Karina R. Durand V. --
Homocentrism in Olmec monumental art / Beatriz de la Fuente --
In search of the Olmec cosmos : reconstructing the world view of Mexico's first civilization / Peter David Joralemon --
Reconstructing Olmec life at San Lorenzo / Ann Cyphers --
La Venta : an Olmec capital / Rebecca González Lauck --
The basin of Mexico : a multimillennial development toward cultural complexity ; Olmec horizon Guerrero / Christine Niederberger --
Archaeological contexts of Olmec art outside of the Gulf Coast / David C. Grove --
Portable carvings in the Olmec style / Anatole Pohorilenko --
Collections of Olmec objects outside Mexico / Elizabeth P. Benson --
The Olmec collections of the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City / Marcia Castro-Leal --
Olmec collections in the museums of Tabasco : a century of protecting a millennial civilization (1896-1996) / Rebecca González Lauck and Felipe Solís Olguín --
Catalogue.
Responsibility: edited by Elizabeth P. Benson & Beatriz de la Fuente ; with contributions by Marcia Castro-Leal [and others].

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Three thousand years ago, in what is now southern Mexico, Olmec art and culture flourished. No written documents survive, but the exceptional beauty and technical brilliance of the sculpture and its seminal importance to other Mesoamerican cultures are evident in the outstanding objects examined in Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico. Specially commissioned photographs illustrate 120 magnificent pieces, which include 17 monumental sculptures from archaeological sites or Mexican museums, among them a 13-ton colossal head from San Lorenzo and the dynamic "Wrestler" from the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Also featured is an extraordinary array of beautiful small-scale objects, including a unique cache of stone figurines excavated at the site of La Venta, votive axes and other implements related to human sacrifice, a ferocious-looking jade jaguar mask, and serpentine shaman transformation figures.

Contributions by fourteen Olmec specialists reflect the latest Mesoamerican scholarship and represent a wide range of interpretive approaches of this fascinating subject. They discuss not only the works of art but also the many recent finds that provide remarkable insights into Mexico's most ancient culture, as well as its cultural history, cosmology, and daily life.

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