Orfebreria Prehispanica de Colombia: Estilos Quimbaya y Otros
Author: Pérez de Barradas Álvarez de Eulate, José (1897-1981)
Publisher: Banco de la Republica
2 volumes. xxiv+355 pages with figures, charts, tables, drawings, color plates, bibliography and index. 22+[298 plate] pages with index to plates. Folios (12 1/2" x 9 1/2) bound in original publisher's beige cloth with brown lettering to spine and cover with pictorial to cover in original pictorial jackets. First edition limited to 3000 copies.
These two volumes should be brought to the attention of archaeologists interested in the development of New World metallurgy, since the represent the culmination of a significant six volume series on the prehistoric gold work of Colombia. These are based on more than 10,000 examples of prehistoric metalwork housed in the Museo del Oro del Banco de la Republica Bogota. In addition, items that have been published from other collections are also taken into consideration. These volume the analysis of the Quimbaya, Darien, Popayan, Sinu, Invasionista and Tairona styles of pre-Columbian metalwork. The text begins with an outline of previous research on the gold work of the Cauca and Sinu valleys. The conclusions attempt to place some order into the subject of technological development and absolute chronology. The greatest contribution is the classification system that is developed and applied to a large body of data that was simple unclassified pre-Columbian art prior to this and preceding works.
Jackets with some rubbing, edge wear and small chip at spine ends else very good in like jackets.
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