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Pillsbury, Joanne,

Design for eternity : architectural models from the ancient Americas / Joanne Pillsbury, Patricia Joan Sarro, James Doyle, Juliet Wiersema. - New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015 - ix, 90 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm

Catalog of an exhibition of the same name, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from October 26, 2015, through September 18, 2016.

"From the first millennium B.C. until the arrival of Europeans in the sixteenth century, artists from the ancient Americas created small-scale architectural models to be placed in the tombs of important individuals. These works in stone, ceramic, wood, and metal range from highly abstracted, minimalist representations of temples and houses to elaborate architectural complexes populated with figures. Such miniature structures were critical components in funerary practice and beliefs about an afterlife, and they convey a rich sense of ancient ritual as well as the daily lives of the Aztecs, the Incas, and their predecessors. This exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States, will shed light on the role of these objects in mediating relationships between the living, the dead, and the divine. It will also provide a rare look at ancient American architecture, much of which did not survive to the present day. Some thirty remarkable loans from museums in the United States and Peru will join works from the Metropolitan Museum's permanent collection, which is particularly rich in this material."--Museum's website.

1588395766 9781588395764


Architectural models--Mexico
Architectural models--Central America
Architectural models--Andes Region
Small sculpture, Ancient--Mexico
Small sculpture, Ancient--Central America
Small sculpture, Ancient--Andes Region
Indian architecture--Mexico
Indian architecture--Central America
Indian architecture--Andes Region
Indians of Mexico--Antiquities
Indians of Central America--Antiquities
Indians of South America--Antiquities--Andes Region
Grave goods--Mexico
Grave goods--Central America
Grave goods--Andes Region
Architectural models.
Indians of Central America--Antiquities.
Indians of Mexico--Antiquities.
Indians of South America--Antiquities.
Small sculpture, Ancient.

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