a journey through time
Imprint: British Museum
240 Pages, 8.7 x 9.8 in, 250 images
- December 2021
- In Stock
Over thousands of years, the people of the Andes have approached agriculture, economy, gender, power, and belief in fascinating ways. Many archaeological sites in Peru are uniquely preserved, and the book discusses key examples with a thematic and geographical approach. The vibrant and varied material depicted includes ceramics, colorful textiles, golden objects and wooden carvings, drawn from the British Museum and museums and collections in Peru and beyond. When juxtaposed with breathtaking photography of archaeological sites and landscapes, they reveal new narratives about the country’s rich history.
1. Peru through time
2. Living landscapes: mountains, coast, forest
3. Early cultures and Chavin
4. Life and death in the desert: Paracas and Nasca
5. Unwritten histories: Moche and Chimú
6. Empires in the sky: Wari and Inca
7. The Andean legacy: enduring traditions
Notes and select bibliography List of contributors Acknowledgements and credits
"This volume documents an exhibition at the British Museum. Organized in conjunction with the Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru, the exhibition featured works mostly from the British Museum’s collection. Written by major scholars in Andean studies, the essays in the catalogue’s seven sections survey the development of high civilization in the central Andes over the four millennia prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. Arranged chronologically, the essays detail the key cultures, ethnic and linguistic groups, and states and their artistic, intellectual, and practical achievements, the legacies of which inform Indigenous life to this day. Ceramic, metal, shell, stone, textile, and wood objects—here beautifully illustrated—and the engineering of agricultural terraces, irrigation systems, and road networks attest to Andean skill and sophistication. Throughout, the authors are sensitive to ways that culture shapes responses to other ways of being: it identifies and disarms contemporary prejudices and highlights distinctively Andean perspectives. Pardo (deputy director and curator of collections and pre-Columbian art, Museo de Arte de Lima) and Cooper (art and archaeology, Univ. of East Anglia, UK) deftly balance the material and the cultural, offering readers an excellent, well-written introduction to Andean peoples and traditions, past and present.
Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. ~E. Douglas, University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, CHOICE, October 2022 Vol. 60 No. 2