Ancient Mexico in the British Museum
The rise of independent civilization in Mesoamerica can be traced back at least 3000 years. A rich and varied geography helped shape an extraordinarily diverse array of cultures on the Gulf coast and in the Maya lowlands and the Mexican highlands. Based on the Mexican collections of the British Museum, this illustrated title introduces the prehispanic art of Mesoamerica. Among the masterpieces illustrated are Olmec ceremonial jade objects, Maya lintels, and Aztec turquoise mosaics. Not only is there remarkable continuity within the distinctive regional cultures, there is also evidence for widely-shared beliefs in powerful nature gods and for practices such as the Mesoamerica ball game. This book points to the most important of these connections and to recent advances in our understanding of a complex and largely unwritten story.
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Amerindian Ancient archaeological architectural Aztec Aztec capital ball game ball-court ball-court marker belt bloodletting British Museum calendar central highlands centre centuries ceremonial Chich'en Itza Cholula Christy Fund Ethno CLASSIC MAYA Classic Veracruz Codex codices Colin McEwan collections costume creation culture deities depicted drawing earth Ethno feathered serpents Fire Serpent FORMATIVE or PRECLASSIC Given bv glyph Gulf Coast headdress HIGHLAND FORMATIVE Huaxtec human illustrated images Isla de Sacrificios jade Jaguar Jalisco jaws king lintels 24 Lord Shield Jaguar lowlands Maudslay Maya Maya lintel Mesoamerican Mesoamerican mythology Mexican Gallery Mexican highlands Mixtec Mixtec-Aztec Monte Alban motifs Nacional Oaxaca offerings Olmec ornament pair Palenque panel perforator polychrome portrait POSTCLASSIC Pottery Pottery figurine Pottery vessel prehispanic Pyramid Quetzalcoatl Rashbrook rites scenes seated figure skull Stone mask stone sculpture Structure 33 supernatural symbol Tajin temples Tenochtitlan Teotihuacan Thames and Hudson Tlaloc Tlatilco Toltec tombs trade Turquoise mosaic warrior wears West Mexico Xiuhcoatl Yaxchilan Zapotec