Art of the Andes

Art of the Andes
Author: Rebecca Stone
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2012
Genre: Art
ISBN: 0500204152

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This wide-ranging survey, now established as the best single-volume introduction to Andean art and architecture on the market today, describes the strikingly varied artistic achievements of the Chavín, Paracas, Moche, Nasca, Chimú and Inca cultures, among others. For this fully revised third edition, Rebecca Stone has rewritten and expanded the text throughout, touching on many of the recent discoveries and advances in the field. These include new work on the huge stone pyramids and other structures at Caral; continued excavations of Inca child sacrifices perched on mountaintops throughout the empire, with their perfectly preserved clothing and miniature offerings of metal, ceramics and shell; spectacular murals and the remarkable burial of a tattooed female warrior-leader at the Moche site of Huaca Cao Viejo; and many new finds of high-status textiles, along with fresh analyses of weaving technology and new interpretations of designs and motifs.

Art Nature and Religion in the Central Andes

Art  Nature  and Religion in the Central Andes
Author: Mary Strong
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2012-05-01
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9780292742901

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From prehistory to the present, the Indigenous peoples of the Andes have used a visual symbol system—that is, art—to express their sense of the sacred and its immanence in the natural world. Many visual motifs that originated prior to the Incas still appear in Andean art today, despite the onslaught of cultural disruption that native Andeans have endured over several centuries. Indeed, art has always been a unifying power through which Andeans maintain their spirituality, pride, and culture while resisting the oppression of the dominant society. In this book, Mary Strong takes a significantly new approach to Andean art that links prehistoric to contemporary forms through an ethnographic understanding of Indigenous Andean culture. In the first part of the book, she provides a broad historical survey of Andean art that explores how Andean religious concepts have been expressed in art and how artists have responded to cultural encounters and impositions, ranging from invasion and conquest to international labor migration and the internet. In the second part, Strong looks at eight contemporary art types—the scissors dance (danza de tijeras), home altars (retablos), carved gourds (mates), ceramics (ceramica), painted boards (tablas), weavings (textiles), tinware (hojalateria), and Huamanga stone carvings (piedra de Huamanga). She includes prehistoric and historic information about each art form, its religious meaning, the natural environment and sociopolitical processes that help to shape its expression, and how it is constructed or performed by today’s artists, many of whom are quoted in the book.

The Virgin of the Andes

The Virgin of the Andes
Author: Carol Damian
Publsiher: Grassfield Press, Incorporated
Total Pages: 120
Release: 1995
Genre: Art
ISBN: UOM:39015037777318

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"Reconstructs the history of the Virgin of Cuzco who, as a fusion of indigenous Andean and Spanish Christian beliefs and practices, represents both the Virgin Mary and Pachamama. Includes background chapters on Andean and Spanish beliefs and art. Major, mostly original work illuminates multiple aspects of the outlooks of both peoples as reflected in their religious iconography during the colonial period. Magnificently illustrated"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Textiles from the Andes

Textiles from the Andes
Author: Penelope Dransart,Penny Dransart,Helen Wolfe
Publsiher: Interlink Publishing Group Incorporated
Total Pages: 87
Release: 2012
Genre: Design
ISBN: 1566568595

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Looks at thirty textiles from the Andes housed in the British Museum, describing their historical, cultural, and environmental significance and their role in political and religious beliefs of the ancient civilization.

The Stone and the Thread

The Stone and the Thread
Author: César Paternosto
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 1996-01-01
Genre: Art
ISBN: 0292765657

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"Shows that precolumbian tectonic forms (especially as found in sculpture and weaving) appear to be an overlooked source, or anticipation, of much of the art of the 20th century. Second part of book deals with artifacts as American art and addresses reception of ancient tectonics in the 20th century. Emphasizes intense relationship that some members of the New York School (particularly Barnett Newman and Adolph Gottlieb) had during 1940s with the aboriginal arts of the North American part of the hemisphere and thus the affinities between their work and the work of the older Torres Garcâia in Montevideo, at the other end of the continent"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Pre Columbian Art and Culture in the Andean Area

Pre Columbian Art and Culture in the Andean Area
Author: Philip Ainsworth Means
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 78
Release: 1941
Genre: Archaeology
ISBN: UTEXAS:059173018630900

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Ancient Alterity in the Andes

Ancient Alterity in the Andes
Author: George F. Lau
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2012-11-12
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781136193569

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Ancient Alterity in the Andes is the first major treatment on ancient alterity: how people in the past regarded others. At least since the 1970s, alterity has been an influential concept in different fields, from art history, psychology and philosophy, to linguistics and ethnography. Having gained steam in concert with postmodernism’s emphasis on self-reflection and discourse, it is especially significant now as a framework to understand the process of ‘writing’ and understanding the Other: groups, cultures and cosmologies. This book showcases this concept by illustrating how people visualised others in the past, and how it coloured their engagements with them, both physically and cognitively. Alterity has yet to see sustained treatment in archaeology due in great part to the fact that the archaeological record is not always equipped to inform on the subject. Like its kindred concepts, such as identity and ethnicity, alterity is difficult to observe also because it can be expressed at different times and scales, from the individual, family and village settings, to contexts such as nations and empires. It can also be said to ‘reside’ just as well in objects and individuals, as it may in a technique, action or performance. One requires a relevant, holistic data set and multiple lines of evidence. Ancient Alterity in the Andes provides just that by focusing on the great achievements of the ancient Andes during the first millennium AD, centred on a Precolumbian culture, known as Recuay (AD 1-700). Using a new framework of alterity, one based on social others (e.g., kinsfolk, animals, predators, enemies, ancestral dead), the book rethinks cultural relationships with other groups, including the Moche and Nasca civilisations of Peru’s coast, the Chavín cult, and the later Wari, the first Andean empire. In revealing little known patterns in Andean prehistory the book illuminates the ways that archaeologists, in general, can examine alterity through the existing record. Ancient Alterity in the Andes is a substantial boon to the analysis and writing of past cultures, social systems and cosmologies and an important book for those wishing to understand this developing concept in archaeological theory.

The Inca World

The Inca World
Author: David Jones
Publsiher: Lorenz Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010
Genre: History
ISBN: 0754817261

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This fascinating visual history tells the story of the ancient peoples of Peru and the Andes. Split into two sections, the first part of the book focuses on how these communities functioned, and day-to-day life for ordinary people at work and home. The second part tells the story of the arts and architecture.