Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas
written by Dorie Reents-Budet
D Giles Ltd | ISBN 9781907804052
Hardback – 264 pages
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This stunning new volume features objects from the internationally renowned Bourne Collection of pre-Columbian art spanning assembled by John Bourne in the 1950's and 1960's. It features fine examples of painted earthenware vessels and figures, carved basalt effigies, jewellery and vessels from Mesoamerica, Central America and Andean America covering a host of civilisations, including Teotihuacan, Olmec, Maya, Andean, Aztec and Mixtec. In addition to John Bourne's fascinating account of his first expedition to Chiapas in 1945 and 1946, which started his passion for collecting, there is an extensive essay on authentication, a significant part of the study of pre-Columbian art. Each of the three geographical sections of the main catalogue opens with an introductory text on the art, culture and ceremonial features of that region, followed by discursive entries accompanying each work. Published to accompany an exhibtion at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore: 'Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift', February 12, 2012 - May 20, 2012.