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Title Precolumbian jade : new geological and cultural interpretations / edited by Frederick W. Lange
Published Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, [1993]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 378 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Introduction / Frederick W. Lange -- pt. I. Geology and Mineralogy. 1. Middle American Jade: Geologic and Petrologic Perspectives on Variability and Source / George E. Harlow. 2. Compositional and Structural Characterization of Maya and Costa Rican Jadeitites / Ronald L. Bishop, Edward V. Sayre and Joan Mishara. 3. A Possible Source of Raw Material for the Costa Rican Lapidary Industry / Margarita Reynoard De Ruenes. 4. Jades in the Jade Museum, Instituto Nacional de Seguros, San Jose, Costa Rica / Zulay Soto. 5. Visible and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Jade Artifact Analysis / Brian Curtiss. 6. The Enigma of Jade, with Mineralogical Reference to Central American Source Materials / Phoebe L. Hauff. 7. Mesoamerican Jade: Surface Changes Caused By Natural Weathering / Leoncio A. Garza-Valdes. 8. Sources of Maya and Central American Jadeitites: Data Bases and Interpretations -- A Summary / Ronald L. Bishop and Frederick W. Lange -- pt. II. Cultural Contexts. 9. The Beginning of Classic Maya Jade Carving in the Southeast / Elizabeth Easby. 10. Jade and Jade Objects in Precolumbian Costa Rica / Doris Z. Stone. 11. The Jade Ahau: Toward a Theory of Commodity Value in Maya Civilization / David A. Freidel. 12. The Cultural Context of Jade Artifacts from the Maya Site of Cerros, Belize / James F. Garber. 13. Ancient Currency: The Style and Use of Jade and Marble Carvings in Central Honduras / Kenneth G. Hirth and Susan Grant Hirth. 14. The Context of Jade in Costa Rica / Juan Vicente Guerrero M. 15. Formative Guerrero and Its Jade / Gillett G. Griffin. 16. Jade Use in Portions of Mexico and Central America: Olmec, Maya, Costa Rica, and Honduras -- A Summary / James F. Garber, David C. Grove, Kenneth G. Hirth and John W. Hoopes -- pt. III. Artifacts. 17. Iconography of a Greenstone Celt / Kornelia Kurbjuhn. 18. The Jade Mirror: An Olmec Concave Jadeite Pendant / John B. Carlson. 19. The Izapa Style and the Tibas Jade / Lee A. Parsons. 20. Precolumbian Soft Stone Carvings in Costa Rica / Carlos Balser. 21. Formal Classification of Prehistoric Costa Rican Jade: A First Approximation / Frederick W. Lange. 22. The Media of Ritual / Jane Stevenson Day -- pt. IV. Summary
Summary From prehistoric times to the present, the visual and physical properties of jade have made it one of the world's most highly prized commodities. With only eight to ten widely scattered sources, jade artifacts are also ideal objects for scientific and archaeological investigation: artifacts can be traced to their origin, and prehistoric trade and social patterns can be reconstructed. Precolumbian Jade offers a broad compendium and synthesis of current jade research, both geological and cultural, in Mesoamerica and Central America. Beginning with the problems of sourcing and the examination of jade's geological properties, the volume moves through regional studies of jade use and major carving traditions (Maya, Olmec, and Costa Rican). It ends with several considerations of the role of individual jade objects in cultural context. A multinational group of contributors discuss evidence for points of origin, analytical techniques, manufacturing techniques, interregional stylistic influences, elite control of jade, ritual uses, and provenience of the famous Tibas jade. Since Precolumbian Jade deals with such varied aspects of jade study, it will be of interest to mineralogists, archaeoiogists, and art historians. It promises to be a major source for the study of Precolumbian cultures
Notes Based on a conference held in 1987 as a midcourse review of the Maya and Costa Rican Jade Research projects
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-374) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Indians of Central America -- Antiquities -- Congresses.
Jade art objects -- Central America -- Congresses.
Jade -- Central America -- Congresses.
Jade -- Costa Rica -- Congresses.
Mayas -- Antiquities -- Congresses.
Central America -- Antiquities -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Lange, Frederick W., 1944-
ISBN 0585111898 (electronic bk.)
9780585111896 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)