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    DescriptionThis volume documents the splendid accomplishments of Ancient West Mexico, and brings together some of its finest examples of sculptural art, including representations of people, animals and plants, as well as vessels and models of houses, ceremonial centres, ball games and ritual scenes. All the extraordinary earthenware figures illustrated here have been recovered from burial sites and shaft tombs. They represent a wide range of subjects - warriors, chieftains, ladies, acrobats, shamans, musicians, ball players, festival couples and bound prisoners - in a variety of styles from about 200 BC to AD 800 - that compose the artistic canon of Ancient West Mexico, a region encompassing the modern states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit.

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    Ancient West Mexico
    Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Richard F. Townsend
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 230 mm
    Height: 305 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 1,920 g
    ISBN 13: 9780500050927
    ISBN 10: 0500050929

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLCM
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: AFK
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS025000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: ACG
    BISAC V2.8: ART015060
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 709.72
    Thema V1.0: AGA, NK, AFK
    Illustrations note
    249 colour and 183 b&w illustrations, 5 maps, lists, bibliography
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    19 October 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Table of contents
    Themes of Ancient West Mexican art and architecture, Richard F. Townsend; the Teuchitlan tradition, Philip Weigan; West Mexico prior to the Toltecs - a comparative view, Joseph Mountjoy; sacred sun centres, Christopher Witmore; the west Mexican art of feasting - consumption and complexity, Kristi Butterwick; Huitzilapa Shaft Tomb in Jalisco - interpreting the tomb offerings, Lorenza Lopez Mestas; Huitzilapa Shaft Tomb in Jalisco - excavating the tomb, Jorge Ramos de la Vega; who was buried in the Huitzilapa Tomb? Robert Pickering; rulership iconography, Mark Graham; the West Mexican ballgame, Jane Stevenson Day; representations of acrobats and contortionists in Prehispanic Mesocamerica, Hasso von Winning; the shamanic figures, Peter Furst; ceremonial vessels and ancient foodstuffs of Colima, Otto Schondube; the Sayula Basin - ancient settlements and resources, Francisco Valdez; regional connections across West Mexico - interaction and dominance, Christopher Beekman; they came to trade exquisite things - ancient west Mexican-Ecuatorian contacts, Patricia Rieff Anawalt; West Mexican art and modernist artist, Barbara Braun.