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Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru
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Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru (Hardback)

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Of all the ancient civilizations that flourished in the Americas, only one perfected true portraiture of living people and produced it in quantity-the Moche who inhabited the north coast of Peru between approximately AD 100 and 800. Using the medium of three-dimensional ceramic vessels that could have contained liquid, Moche artisans typically formed the heads of the individuals they wished to portray, though sometimes they presented full figures with realistic portrait faces. Depicting an astonishing range of physical types, these portraits now allow us to meet Moche people who lived more than 1,500 years ago and to sense the nuances of their individual personalities.





This pathfinding book presents the first wide-ranging, systematic study of the Moche portraits. Drawing on more than 900 examples from museums and private collections around the world-some 300 of which are illustrated here in full color-Christopher Donnan documents how the portrait tradition evolved, how the portraits were produced and distributed, who they portrayed, why they were made, and how they were used in Moche society. His analysis is supported by extensive archaeological evidence, which provides the context for portraits found in Moche tombs and midden deposits, as well as useful information for identifying the headdresses and ornaments worn by the individuals portrayed.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt treatments & subjectsHuman figures depicted in artArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesArt styles not defined by dateArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: Byzantine & Medieval art c 500 CE to c 1400Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: c 1400 to c 1600 incl the RenaissanceArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: c 1800 to c 1900History & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeological methodology & techniquesHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeological theoryHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / regionBiblical archaeologyHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / regionClassical Greek & Roman archaeologyHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / regionEgyptian archaeology / EgyptologyHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / regionMedieval European archaeologyHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / regionPrehistoric archaeologyHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyEnvironmental archaeologyHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyIndustrial archaeologyHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyLandscape archaeologyHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyUnderwater archaeologySport & HobbiesHandicrafts, decorative arts & craftsPottery, ceramics & glass crafts Publisher: University of Texas Press Publication Date: 01/12/2003 ISBN-13: 9780292716223  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Christopher B. Donnan is Professor of Anthropology at UCLA.

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