- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Pages: 96
- Illustrations: 74 (62 in full color)
- Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 11''
- Format: Paperback
- Author: Kristi Butterwick
- ISBN: 9780300104882
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Created to acknowledge many of life's important events, the ceramic sculpture of the western region of Mexico from 2,000 years ago is noted for its variety, spontaneity, and the overwhelming presence of the human image. Heroes, houses, and ancestor pairs are rendered in three dimensions to give visual substance to prominent members of society and their significant activities on behalf of community and family, as well as to honor their forebears. Placed in major tombs, the sculptures commemorate the high social position, personal power, and wealth of the deceased. This catalogue focuses on more than 40 works from the three major west Mexican regions—Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit—and represent the primary style groups of Comala, Ameca-Ezatlán, and Ixtlán del Rio. The sculptures date between 300 B.C. and A.D. 400 and include depictions of birds and animals.
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