Art treasures of ancient Mexico: journey to the land of the gods
Felipe R. Solís Olguín, Ted J. J. Leyenaar, Beatriz de la Fuente, Michel Zabé, Nieuwe Kerk (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
De Nieuwe Kerk, 2002 - Art - 288 pages
The art of Pre-Columbian Mexico stretches across 5000 years and encompasses the traditions of numerous cultures including the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs.Addressing the Olmec period through to the Aztecs (a span of over 2500 years), Mexico: Journey to the Land of the Gods is an exploration into the civilisations of Mesoamerica through an examination of over 250 magnificent art objects. Specific themes such as daily life, the underworld of the gods, funerary rites, religion and ritual and the role of animals and plants in the cultural life of the region are discussed, so providing an insightful view into some of the most fascinating societies history has ever seen.Published to coincide with a major exhibition at Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk, which will travel to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this book offers a unique opportunity to record one of the most exciting shows on Mesoamerican art in recent years. The authoritative text is supported by stunning reproductions of artefacts drawn from key ethnographical collections in Mexico. Together these elements help create a story of a civilisation in which we can recognise the enduring quests and questions of humankind.
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115-128 MASKS Like all peoples of Antiquity, the inhabitants of ancient Mexico
created masks. In this way, they made themselves a second face with a ritual
significance. The oldest masks were made from clay and represent imaginary
animals or supernatural beings. The Olmecs carved magnificent masks of jade,
portraying an idealized human face. These represented the divine powers of
nature. TheTeotihuacan masks illustrate their idealization of youth. When these
masks have ...
23 cm, w. 22 cm, d. 9 cm Museo de la Cultura Teotihuacana, Teotihuacan inv.no.
10-336635 The stone mask has been sculpted in the typical Teotihuacan style.
The right ear is broken. The upper lip has a pronounced curl, and the mouth is
open. 119b MASK TEOTIHUACAN AD 300 -65O Teotihuacan stone h.17cm
Museo de la Cultura Teotihuacana, Teotihuacan inv.no. 10-411187 MASK WITH
EARSPOOLS MAYA AD 600-900 Calakmul jadeite, obsidian, mother-of-pearl h.
23 cm, w.
10-373011; 10-373014; 10-373009 In the valley of Tehuacan, Puebla, a grave
was uncovered containing three diimalli shields, four tablets and thirteen masks,
three of which are on display here. All the objects are made of wood covered with
a mosaic of turquoise, shells and other materials. Traces of these may still be
detected on the three masks. Mask 10-373011: This shows the head of a feline
creature, probably a jaguar. The open mouth reveals the tongue made of shell.
The inlay ...
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