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The man who invented Aztec crystal skulls : the adventures of Eugène Boban

Author: Jane MacLaren Walsh; Brett Topping
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Eugène Boban began life in humble circumstances in Paris, traveled to the California Gold Rush, and later became a recognized authority on pre-Columbian cultures. He also invented an entire category of archaeological artifact: the Aztec crystal skull. By his own admission, he successfully "palmed off" a number of these crystal skulls on the curators of Europe's leading museums. How could that happen, and who was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walsh, Jane MacLaren, author.
Man who invented Aztec crystal skulls
New York : Berghahn Books, [2019]
(DLC) 2018048818
Named Person: Eugène Boban; Eugène Boban
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane MacLaren Walsh; Brett Topping
ISBN: 9781789200959 1789200954
OCLC Number: 1035425254
Description: xv, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: on the trail of crystal skulls --
Caveat emptor --
Between old world and new --
Mexico: ancient to modern --
Mexico at mid-century --
The Emperor's antiquarian-a collection takes shape --
Confronting a different Paris --
Marketing a collection --
A premier collection --
Narratives of provenance --
The Rue du Sommerard decade --
Of fakes and fakers --
From student to teacher-dealer to curator --
Good deals and bad --
Back in business --
Fingerprints on crystal skulls --
Courting the Smithsonian --
Of fakes, forgers, and frauds --
"El Tocayo's" triumph --
Later life --
Afterlife --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Adventures of Eugène Boban
Responsibility: Jane MacLaren Walsh and Brett Topping.

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Detailed are the travels, self-education, and archaeological explorations of Eugene Boban, an expert in the field of pre-Columbian studies and explores the circumstances that allowed him to sell  Read more...

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