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The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec (World of Art)


Publisher:Thames & Hudson



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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub Date: October 2001 Publisher: Thames & Hudson This essential guide to the art and architecture of withancient Mesoamerica succinctly and evocatively summarizes the artistic achievements of the high pre-Columbian civilizations - the Olmec's. Maya. Teotihuacan are. Tolec Aztec - as well as those of their less well-known contemporaries. The pyramids and palaces. jades and ightly colored paintings emerge from these pages as vividly as when they first astonished Cortes's men in 1519.There was a surprising unity in Mesoamerican culture from Mexico to Honduras and from 1500 BC to the Spanish Conquest. Among many features shared were a 260-day ritual calendar and a preoccupation with gods representing natural forces. Current research also emphasizes the great importance of rites of kingship. including warfare and blood sacrifice. In this third edition...

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