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Title Aztecs / [exhibition curators, Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and Felipe Soĺıs Olgúın ; catalogue, David Breuer ... [and others]].

Published London : Royal Academy of Arts ; New York : Distributed in the United States by H.N. Abrams, [2002]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail f  972.018 AZTE    AVAILABLE
Physical description 520 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 30 cm
Notes "First published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Aztecs', Royal Academy of Arts, London, 16 November 2002-11 April 2003"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 500-509) and index.
Contents Essays -- 2 Aztecs' Search for the Past / Leonardo Lopez Lujan 22 -- 3 Cosmovision, Religion and the Calendar of the Aztecs / Alfredo Lopez Austin 30 -- 4 Aztec Society: Economy, Tribute and Warfare / Frances Berdan 38 -- 5 Templo Mayor, the Great Temple of the Aztecs / Eduardo Matos Moctezuma 48 -- 6 Art at the Time of the Aztecs / Felipe Solis Olguin 56 -- 7 Aztec Codices, Literature and Philosophy / Mignel Leon-Portilla 64 -- 8 Conquest / Hugh Thomas 72 -- 9 Exhibitions and Collectors of Pre-Hispanic Mexican Artefacts in Britain / Adrian Locke 80 -- Catalogue -- I Antecedents / Esther Pasztory 93 -- II Human Form / Isabel Carlisle 119 -- III Natural World / Alfredo Lopez Austin 141 -- IV Gods of Life / Adrian Locke 171 -- V Gods of Death / Adrian Locke 205 -- VI Religion / Felipe Solis Olguin 225 -- VII Gold and Symbols of Status / Warwick Bray 245 -- VIII Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan / Eduardo Matos Moctezuma 275 -- IX Treasures / Jeffrey Quilter 323 -- X Contact: Indo-Christian Art / Eleanor Wake 343 -- XI Codices / Joanne Harwood 359.
Summary This sumptuous volume, a permanent record of the first exhibition in Britain specifically dedicated to the art and culture of the Aztecs, explores the splendours of an extraordinary civilisation. Monumental gods in wood and stone, gold jewellery, turquoise mosaics, featherwork objects and polychrome ceramics appear alongside many of the most important Pre-Hispanic and early colonial pictorial codices, extraordinary testaments to the Aztec empire which provide an alternative history to contemporary Spanish accounts of the Conquest and subsequent colonisation. Specially commissioned essays by leading Mexican, European and American authorities explore key elements of this fascinating world, among them cosmology and religion, kingship, warfare and sacrifice, and introduce over 350 works, some of which will be exhibited for the first time. The accompanying scholarly catalogue entries have been written by curators from 66 lending institutions in three continents. This magnificent book, a landmark publication in Aztec studies, is an essential purchase for anyone interested in the brilliantly coloured and often bloody history of North America.
Other author Matos Moctezuma, Eduardo.
Solís Olguín, Felipe R.
Breuer, David.
Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain)
Subject Aztecs -- Antiquities -- Exhibitions.
Aztecs -- History -- Exhibitions.
Aztec art -- Exhibitions.
Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities -- Exhibitions.
Mexico -- Antiquities -- Exhibitions.
ISBN 1903973139 (hb)
1903973228 (pb)