Skip to content

Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico, The Andrall E. Pearson Family Collection

Item# 05-011226 

Award Winner
Price: $19.95 $5.00
Member Price: $17.95 $4.50


  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 96
  • Illustrations: 74 (62 in full color)
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 11''
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author:
  • ISBN: 9780300104882



By Kristi Butterwick

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 regionsColima, Jalisco, and Nayaritand represent the primary style groups of Comala, Ameca-Ezatln, and Ixtln del Rio. The sculptures date between 300 B.C. and A.D. 400 and include depictions of birds and animals.

Shipping and Returns

Shipping and Returns

Order Total per Address Standard US Shipping
Up to $50.00 $7.95
$50.01100.00 $10.95
$100.01150.00 $13.95
Over $150.00 $15.95

For more information on international and expedited shipping options, please see our Shipping & Handling page.


Your satisfaction is our goal. Please inspect your order upon delivery, and if for any reason you are not satisfied, you may return the merchandise within 180 days from the date of purchase. See details.

You May Also Like

Your Recently Viewed Items

    click to view next item