The Jaguar"s Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico

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Author: Coe, Michael Douglas (1929– ) signed

Year: 1965

Publisher: Museum of Primitive Art

Place: New York


126 pages with 208 figures and two maps. Quarto (11 1/4" x 8 3/4") issued in beige cloth with black lettering to spine. Inscribed by Michael Coe. 1st edition.

The Jaguar"s Children has as its subject one of the most arresting topics of New World prehistory. The Olmec of Mexico - originators of the earliest great civilization in Middle America - produced an extraordinary art. Its impact on contemporary and subsequent Mexican developments was enormous. It is this impact on an area in Central Highlands, parts of the states of Morelos, Puebla, and the Valley of Mexico, that is described in this work. Coe discusses the extensive site of Tlatilco, the transitional site of Tlapacoya and the very important and previously unpublished site of Las Bocas. Problems of symbolism, iconography and the close relation of Olmec art to religion are examined, as well as the relation of Olmec culture to that of Central Highland tradition. Illustrated by over 200 pieces, many published for the first time, the emphasis has been placed on material from Las Bocas. The most important "baby-face" figures of the period have come from that site. These are graphic and humanized representations of the major Olmec deity, a rain god whose shape was that of a were-jaguar, a fat, child-like creature with feline features. Believed born of a jaguar and a human mother, they are the Jaguars Children.


Inscribed to Norman best regards Michael Coe. Jacket price clipped, light edge wear with some closed tears else a very good to fine copy in like jacket.

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