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For almost eight hundred years (100 BC–AD 650) Nasca artists modeled and painted the plants, animals, birds, and fish of their homeland on Peru’s south coast as well as numerous abstract anthropomorphic creatures whose form and meaning are sometimes incomprehensible today. In this first book-length treatment of Nasca ceramic iconography to appear in English, drawing upon an archive of more than eight thousand Nasca vessels from over 150 public and private collections, Donald Proulx systematically describes the major artistic motifs of this stunning polychrome pottery, interprets the major themes displayed on this pottery, and then uses these descriptions and his stimulating interpretations to analyze Nasca society.

After beginning with an overview of Nasca culture and an explanation of the style and chronology of Nasca pottery, Proulx moves to the heart of his book: a detailed classification and description of the entire range of supernatural and secular themes in Nasca iconography along with a fresh and distinctive interpretation of these themes. Linking the pots and their iconography to the archaeologically known Nasca society, he ends with a thorough and accessible examination of this ancient culture viewed through the lens of ceramic iconography. Although these static images can never be fully understood, by animating their themes and meanings Proulx reconstructs the lifeways of this complex society.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Overview of the Nasca Culture
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. Nasca Pottery and Its Artistic Canons
  2. pp. 13-18
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  1. 3. The Discovery of the Nasca Style and Its Chronological Placement
  2. pp. 19-48
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  1. 4. Approaches to the Interpretation of Nasca Iconography
  2. pp. 49-60
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  1. 5. A Description and Interpretation of the Major Themes in Nasca Ceramic Iconography
  2. pp. 61-191
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  1. 6. New Insights on Nasca Society
  2. pp. 193-210
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-236
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781587297533
Related ISBN
9780877459798
MARC Record
OCLC
297115933
Pages
250
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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