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    Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru (Joe R. and Teresa Lozana Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture (Hardcover)) (Hardback) By (author) Christopher B. Donnan

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    DescriptionOf all the ancient civilizations that flourished in the Americas, only one perfected true portraiture of living people and produced it in quantity - the Moche who inhabited the north coast of Peru between approximately AD 100 and 800. Using the medium of three-dimensional ceramic vessels that could have contained liquid, Moche artisans typically formed the heads of the individuals they wished to portray, though sometimes they presented full figures with realistic portrait faces. Depicting an astonishing range of physical types, these portraits now allow us to meet Moche people who lived more than 1,500 years ago and to sense the nuances of their individual personalities. This path-finding book presents the first wide-ranging, systematic study of the Moche portraits.Drawing on more than 900 examples from museums and private collections around the world - some 300 of which are illustrated here in full color - Christopher Donnan documents how the portrait tradition evolved, how the portraits were produced and distributed, who they portrayed, why they were made, and how they were used in Moche society. His analysis is supported by extensive archaeological evidence, which provides the context for portraits found in Moche tombs and midden deposits, as well as useful information for identifying the headdresses and ornaments worn by the individuals portrayed. Christopher B. Donnan is Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. Considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the Moche, he is the author of many books, including "Moche Fineline Painting: Its Evolution and Its Artists", "Royal Tombs of Sipan", "Ceramics of Ancient Peru", and "Moche Art of Peru: Pre-Columbian Symbolic Communication".

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    Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher B. Donnan
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 220
    Width: 222 mm
    Height: 282 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 1,220 g
    ISBN 13: 9780292716223
    ISBN 10: 0292716222

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000, SOC003000
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    BISAC V2.8: ART015000
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    LC classification: F3430.1.M6 D67 2004
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    Illustrations note
    258 colour photographs, 58 line drawings
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    30 April 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "This book is as close as we can ever come to seeing the Moche people--and to having a basis for understanding the society that produced such remarkable works of art." Craig Morris, Senior Vice President and Dean of Science, American Museum of Natural History "By presenting the Moche artists and the people who have been portrayed by them, Donnan brings us to a level of understanding and proximity, so to speak, that I would have never considered possible just a few years ago... Believe me, this book is going to be a bestseller." Steve Bourget, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Texas at Austin "It is AD 500 on the desert coast of northern Peru. The master potters of the Moche civilisation are creating some of the most dazzling portrait vessels ever seen. These were real people, first appearing as warriors in their prime, then shown stripped and bound ready for sacrifice. Exactly what was happening remains a mystery. Meanwhile you can marvel at the stunning images in this excellent book."--New Scientist, 24 April 2004
    Table of contents
    Preface1 Introduction; 2 Evolution and Distribution of Portraits; 3 How Portraits Were Made; 4 Headdresses; 5 Ornamentation; 6 Multiple Portraits of Individuals; 7 Warriors and Captives; 8 Individuals Portrayed at Different Ages; 9 Observations and ConclusionsNotes; References Cited; Sources of Illustrations; Index