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Author Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Title Miniature size, magical quality : Nasca art from the Alfred C. Glassell collection / Frances Marzio.

Published Houston : Museum of Fine Arts ; New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  736.098527 MUSE    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 91 pages : colour illustrations, colour map ; 29 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Foreword / Peter C. Marzio -- Reflections on Collecting / Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. -- Catalogue of Nasca Art from the Glassell Collection -- Spondylus and Turquoise -- Geography and Warfare -- Trophy Heads -- Female Depictions -- A Nasca Menagerie -- Gold.
Summary "The Nasca culture of pre-Columbian America (c. 100 B.C.-700 A.D.) is most famous for its large geoglyphs and vibrantly painted ceramic pottery. Because of the absence of a written form of language, the imaginative art and artifacts created by the Nasca peoples have become all the more important as a means of understanding their religion and customs. Whether massive drawings in the desert sand or objects of such diminutive size that they can be held by hand, Nasca art never fails to captivate with its power." "There are few known parallels to the Nasca miniatures in the Glassell Collection, and this richly illustrated book focuses on these fascinating treasures as a group for the first time. Frances Marzio brings the Nasca culture to life through her discussion of diverse artworks - from warriors and trophy heads to females and a menagerie of animals. A majority of these astonishing objects first existed in pairs, raising the possibility that the Nasca miniatures presented in this book may lead to the discovery of their long-lost mates."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Marzio, Frances.
Subject Glassell, Alfred C. (Alfred Curry), 1913-2008 -- Ethnological collections.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Nazca culture.
Indian shell engraving -- Peru.
Shellcraft -- Peru.
Spondylus -- Peru.
Peru -- Antiquities.
ISBN 9780300137477 (softcover : alk. paper)