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Author Anton, Ferdinand.

Title The art of ancient Peru / Ferdinand Anton ; [translated from the German by Mary Whittall]
Edition Revised and enlarged edition
Published London : Thames and Hudson, 1972


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Description 368 pages : illustrations (some color), maps. ; 32 cm
Summary The Incas are well known from the fantastic story of Pizarro, who conquered an empire of some 380,000 square miles with nothing but his own ruthlessness and less than two hundred men. Often forgotten, however, is that this great civilization was preceded by a whole series of others, even more fascinating in their diversity. Ferdinand Anton traces the evolution of Ancient Peruvian cultures from man's first appearance in the area as a nomadic hunter (before 10,000 BC) up to the Spanish Conquest in 1532. It was after the nomads became settled agriculturalists and evolved manufacturing skills - especially weaving and pottery-making - that the richness and variety of Peruvian art began to unfold. The fearsome, stylized fangs of the jaguar god, grinning from austere pottery and awe-inspiring stone reliefs, help to give us some understanding of the religion at the heart of the highland Chavin culture, while Moche moulded pottery and portrait jars from the north coast, with their minute and charming realism, provide a veritable 'ceramic library' of insights into their makers' lives and appearance. In contrast to this realism is the increasingly abstract decoration of the south coast cultures; Nasca polychrome pottery, the gorgeous textiles of the Tiahuanaco-Huari empire and those of Paracas - technically never surpassed and peopled with eerie, zoomorphic demons-are all reproduced in colour. The longest chapter is devoted to the history and intricate structure of the great Inca empire, which owed more than is often recognized to the development and adaptation of features borrowed from the civilizations which preceded it. The text, examining the development of the different cultures, their religions, social organization and daily life, is amplified by a wealth of illustrations which vividly convey the creative power of the Indians' imagination. -- Publisher's blurb
Notes Previous ed. in German has title: Alt-Peru und seine Kunst
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 358-364
Subject Antiquities -- Peru.
Art -- Peru.
Indian art -- Peru.
Indian art -- South America -- Peru.
Peru -- Antiquities.
LC no. 73157508
ISBN 0500231478