Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past

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Author: Townsend, Richard F (1938- )

Year: 1998

Publisher: Thames and Hudson

Place: London


308 pages with color frontispiece, color plates, figures, maps, graphs, charts, tables and bibliography. Small folio (12" x 9") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt Thames logo to cover in original pictorial jacket. With essays by Patricia Rieff Anawalt, Christopher S Beckman, Barbara Braun, Kristi Butterwick, Maria Teresa Caberero, Jane Stevenson Day, Peter T Furst, Mark Miller Graham, Lorenza Lopez Mestas Camberos, Joseph B Mountjoy, Robert B Pickering, Jorge Ramos de la Vega, Otto Schondube, Richard F Townsend, Francisco Valdez, Phil C Weigand and Christopher L Witmore. First edition.

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 between 200 BC and AD 800. This landmark 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 sculpture from both public and private collections world-wide. These sculptures, produced in a variety of styles, include representations of people, animals, and plants, as well as models of houses, ceremonial centers, ball games and ritual scenes. The books fifteen essays,, written by an international group of art historians, anthropologist and archaeologists, explore the art archaeology and cultural and political history of the region, and its connections to the larger family of Mesoamerican cultures.


A near fine copy in like jacket.

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