Peruvian Featherworks: Art of the Precolumbian Era

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dec 4, 2012 - Art - 222 pages
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Of universal appeal and great beauty, Peruvian featherworking was part of a highly sophisticated textile tradition spanning several thousand years. Although these rare treasures, which include vibrantly colored and detailed garments, headdresses, personal ornaments, and ritual objects, have been admired and collected by connoisseurs for decades, this unusual and exquisite art form has not been much investigated or published.

Peruvian Featherworks, a magnificently illustrated publication, is the first in-depth and authoritative review of featherworking traditions in Ancient Peru. Written by seven international experts in the textile arts and archaeology, the texts include a discussion of important recent discoveries, considerations of iconography, and basic technical characteristics of featherworks. Nearly seventy outstanding pieces are discussed, as well as evidence of feather mosaic on textiles and other media in most major Andean cultures, from the Paracas (about 600–100 B.C.) through the Inca (1470–1534).

 

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Contents

Early Feathenivork from Ocucaje
45
The Feathered Dresses of Cahuachi
55
A Womans Feathered Cloth from Cerrillos
63
Chimu Feathered Ofierings from the Huaca de la Luna
69
Sacred Featherwork of the Inca
79
Techniques and Conservation of Peruvian Feather Mosaics
89
Notes
204
Bibliography of Works Cited
210
Index
218
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DIVHeidi King is senior research associate in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art./div

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