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Ancient West Mexico : art and archaeology of the unknown past

Author: Richard F Townsend; Patricia Rieff Anawalt; Art Institute of Chicago.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art.; Jay I. Kislak Reference Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: New York : Thames and Hudson ; Chicago : Art Institute of Chicago, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Encompassing the modern states of Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit, the archaeological region of ancient West Mexico is renowned for its spectacular earthenware tomb sculpture, the legacy of societies that flourished there between 200 B.C. and A.D. 800. This book and the major exhibition it accompanies document the splendid accomplishments of the region, bringing together more than 220 of the finest examples of its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard F Townsend; Patricia Rieff Anawalt; Art Institute of Chicago.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art.; Jay I. Kislak Reference Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 0500050929 9780500050927 0865591717 9780865591714
OCLC Number: 40456689
Notes: "This book was published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Ancient West Mexico: Art of the Unknown Past, ' organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and presented in the museum's Regenstein Hall from September 5 to November 22, 1998. The exhibition was also presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from December 20 to March 29, 1999"--Title page verso.
Description: 308 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The Teuchitlan tradition : an archaeological prospect. The Teuchitlan tradition : rise of a statelike society / Phil C. Weigand, Christopher S. Beekman --
Excavating the tomb at Huitzilapa / Lorenza López Mestas Camberos, Jorge Ramos de la Vega --
Mortuary practices in the shaft-tomb region / Robert B. Pickering, Maria Teresa Cabrero --
pt. 2. Interpreting the tomb sculptures of ancient West Mexico. Food for the dead : the West Mexican art of feasting / Kristi Butterwick --
Before gods, before kings / Richard F. Townsend --
Sacred sun centers / Christopher L. Witmore --
The West Mexican ballgame / Jane Stevenson Day --
Shamanistic symbolism, transformation, and deities in West Mexican funerary art / Peter T. Furst --
The iconography of rulership in ancient West Mexico / Mark Miller Graham. pt. 3. Comparative views. Natural resources and human settlements in ancient West Mexico / Otto Schöndube --
The Sayula Basin : ancient settlements and resources / Francisco Valdez --
They came to trade exquisite things : ancient West Mexican-Ecuadorian contacts / Patricia Rieff Anawalt --
The evolution of complex societies in West Mexico : a comparative perspective / Joseph B. Mountjoy --
pt. 4. A modernist perspective. West Mexican art and modernist artists / Barbara Braun.
Other Titles: Art and archaeology of the unknown past
Responsibility: Richard F. Townsend, general editor ; with essays by Patricia Rieff Anawalt [and others].

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Townsend documents the accomplishments of the region and displays some of the finest examples of sculptural art. The illustrated earthenware figures were recovered from burial sites and shaft tombs.  Read more...

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