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Golden kingdoms : luxury arts in the ancient Americas

Joanne Pillsbury (Editor), Timothy F. Potts (Editor), Kim N. Richter (Editor), J. Paul Getty Museum (Host institution, Issuing body), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) (Host institution), Getty Research Institute (Issuing body), Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Project)
"Golden Kingdoms provides a sweeping overview of the luxury arts in ancient America from the second millennium BC to the Spanish Conquest in the sixteenth century. Wroght with extraordinary skill from gold, silver, jade, turquoise, shell, textile, and feathers, the spectacular imagery created by court artists played a central role in the royal regalia and sacred rituals that validated imperial power in Pre-Columbian kingdoms from the Andes in the south to Mexico in the north. Reserved for the religious and political elites of the Olmecs, Maya, Chimú, Moche, Aztecs, and other peoples, many of these objects were traded overhundreds of miles and cherished for centuries as heirlooms, often ending up as dedications in temples and sacred natural wells (cenotes), or as burial goods for the afterlife. Based on the latest archaeological excavations and scholarship, this study provides a radical reinterpretation of this fscinating material that reflects the value system of the indigenous cultures themselves. Many of the objects have never before left their countries of origin."--Back cover of jacket
Print Book, English, 2017
The J. Paul Getty Museum : The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, 2017
exhibition catalogs
xiv, 311 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 31 cm
9781606065488, 1606065483
Foreword / Timothy Potts, Thomas W. Gaehtgens, and Thomas P. Campbell
Lenders to the exhibition
Map of jadeite, turquoise and Spondylus sources with routes of metal technologies in the Americas
Map of the ancient Americas
Luminous power: luxury arts in the ancient Americas / Joanne Pillsbury
For gods and rulers: metalworking in the ancient Americas / Blanca E. Maldonado. Kuntur Wasi / Yoshio Onuki
Masters of the universe: Moche artists and their patrons / Luis Jaime Castillo. Dos Cabezas / Christopher B. Donnan
Imperial radiance: luxury arts of the Inca and their predecessors / Joanne Pillsbury. Chornancap / Carlos Wester La Torre
Metallurgy and prestige in ancient Colombia: Yotoco and Malagana adornments and Muisca offerings / María Alicia Uribe Villegas and Marcos Martinón-Torres
Magical substances in the land between the seas: luxury arts in northern South America and Central America / John W. Hoopes. Talamanca de Tibás / Ricardo Vazquez Leiva. El Caño / Julia Mayo Torné
Forests of jade: luxury arts and symbols of excellence in Mesoamerica / Laura Filloy Nadal. La Venta / Rebecca B. González Lauck. Palenque / James A. Doyle
Essential luxuries: on pleasing and powerful things among the Maya / Stephen Houston. Ek' Balam / Leticia Vargas de la Peña and Victor R. Castillo Borges. The Sacred Cenote of Chichen Itza / James A. Doyle
Luxuries from the sea: the use of shells in the ancient Americas / Adrián Velázquez Castro
Bright kingdoms: trade networks, indigenous aesthetics, and royal courts in postclassic Mesoamerica / Kim N. Richter. Monte Albán / Kim N. Richter
Mexica gold / Leonardo López Luján and José Luis Ruvalcaba Sil. The Aztec Templo Mayor / Allison Caplan
For new gods, kings, and markets: luxury in the age of global encounters / Julia McHugh
Catalogue. Central Andes ; Northern Andes and Central America ; Mesoamerica and the American Southwest
"Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Latin American & Latino Art in LA"--Title page verso
"Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas" :, September 16, 2017-January 28, 2018,, The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California, United States."Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas" :, February 26-May 28, 2018,, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States.