Peruvian Featherworks: Art of the Precolumbian Era - Metropolitan Museum of Art (Hardback)
by Heidi King
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Of universal appeal and great beauty, Peruvian featherworking was part of a highly sophisticated textile tradition spanning several thousand years prior to the arrival of the Spaniards in the early 16th century. Although these rare treasures, which include vibrantly coloured and detailed garments, headdresses, personal ornaments, and ritual objects, have been admired and collected by connoisseurs for decades, this unusual and exquisite art form has not been much investigated or published. "Peruvian Featherworks", a magnificently illustrated publication, is the first in-depth and authoritative review of featherworking traditions in Ancient Peru. Written by seven international experts in the textile arts and archaeology, the texts include a discussion of important recent discoveries, considerations of iconography, and basic technical characteristics of featherworks. Nearly seventy outstanding pieces from collections around the world are beautifully illustrated and discussed, as well as evidence of feather mosaic on textiles and other media in most major Andean cultures, from the Paracas (about 600-100 B.C.) through the Inca (1470-1534).
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