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Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past

Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past

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Edited by Richard F. Townsend

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 167mm x 232mm x 28mm | 717g
  • Publication date: 19 October 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500050929
  • ISBN 13: 9780500050927
  • Illustrations note: 249 colour and 183 b&w illustrations, 5 maps, lists, bibliography

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This 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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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.