Main Author:Solís Olguín, Felipe R.

The art of Pre-Columbian Mexico stretches across 5000 years and encompasses the traditions of numerous cultures including the Mayas, Incas and Aztecs. Ancient artefacts reflect an animistic society where it was believed that everything in nature was imbued with a soul or spirit. Addressing the Olmec period through to the Aztecs (a span of over 1000 years), this text is an exploration into the civilizations of Mesoamerica through an examination of over 250 art objects - highlights include the Senor de Las Limas, jade masks, a giant Olmec head and a bowl used for preparation of human skin after sacrifice. 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.

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Language Notes:Text in English, translated from the Dutch.
General Notes:"Published to accompany the exhibition Mexico: journey to the land of the gods: art treasures of ancient Mexico held in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, from 3 March until 30 June 2002"--Title page verso.
Cover title: Mexico : journey to the land of the gods : art treasures from ancient Mexico.
Translated from the Dutch.
Physical Description:288 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 31 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical reference (pages 283-285).