Ecuador: The Secret Art of Pre-Columbian Ecuadaor

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This beautifully-illustrated book features some of the most magnificent works of art produced by the people that inhabited the present territory of Ecuador before the arrival of the Spaniards. Ecuador, the territory where an important part of pre-Columbian thought was formed, is a place of contact and cultural dissemination between societies from the southern part of the continent, Peruvians and from the north, Mesoamericans. Located in the middle of the world, it is influenced by natural phenomena such as the mix of the cold Humboldt ocean current with the warm El Nino current. At the same time, its territory is divided by the Andes, giving shape to a couple of impressive mountain ranges that drain into the Pacific humid forest, as well as into the Amazon jungle. Factors like these bring a huge richness to the ecosystem which pre-Columbian humans had to respond to, producing stunning cultural expressions.A picture of this mosaic of settlements, which fostered exchange in ceremonies and cult objects, is presented in this book which gives an overall view of a very rich civilising movement as illustrated through a selection of emblematic objects made of pottery, metal and other materials. This book is enriched by a collection of essays from the most distinguished experts in Ecuadorian archaeology.

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Klein, Daniel Cruz Cevallos, Iván
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Book Description Five Continents Editions, 2007. Condition: new. Edited by D. Klein and Cruz Cevallos I. Photo by Pierre-Yves Dhinaut. English Text. Milano, 2007; hardback, pp. 360, cm 25x30. (Le Bussole. 309). La letteratura specialistica ha finora ignorato le culture dell'odierno Ecuador poichè chiuse tra due grandi civiltà: quella del Perù, a sud, che si espresse attraverso l'architettura monumentale; quella della Colombia, a nord, che raggiunse l'eccellenza nella lavorazione dei metalli. È necessario riconoscere alle ricchezze archeologiche dell'Ecuador il posto che meritano. Dal punto di vista geografico le Ande settentrionali sono teatro di fenomeni naturali come l'incontro della corrente fredda di Humboldt e il flusso caldo del Niño, che favoriscono lo sviluppo di una ricca fauna e flora locale sfruttate con sapiente ingegno delle varie popolazioni. Esempio eclatante sono i Tupi-Guaraní, una delle popolazioni che occupava i territori andini, alla ricerca di "terre senza male", esplorarono il bacino del Rio delle Amazzoni e dei suoi affluenti e sugli argini fondarono grossi centri culturali (la civiltà Napo). La struttura sociale delle diverse comunità umane, basata sui vincoli di parentela e sottoposta all'autorità religiosa con il compito di gestire accuratamente gli elementi essenziali (acqua, terra e fuoco), costituì il nucleo di un'ideologia gerarchica, una "storia culturale", che si espanse dal Messico occidentale fino al Perù, rafforzato da rapporti di scambio che come "valuta" usava le conchiglie sacre. Tale tipo di società trova riscontro nella particolare produzione di oggetti di uso comune dalla ceramica agli utensili in metallo. La pittura in negativo, per esempio, servì a esprimere una visione dualistica del cosmo, mentre la metallurgia sfruttava le eccellenti condizioni fisiche e climatiche dei luoghi nei quali la convergenza dei venti era propizia alla nascita di efficienti officine. Qui si produsse una lega di oro e rame chiamata tumbaga. Nel raffigurare questo ricco mosaico di gruppi umani, che favorì la commistione e lo scambio di elementi cerimoniali e oggetti rituali, il presente volume dà una visione complessiva di un ricco movimento culturale, come è attestato dalla scelta dei manufatti emblematici di ceramica, metallo e altri materiali. Seller Inventory # 1215078

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Book Description Five Continents Editions, Italy, 2008. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This beautifully-illustrated book features some of the most magnificent works of art produced by the people that inhabited the present territory of Ecuador before the arrival of the Spaniards. Ecuador, the territory where an important part of pre-Columbian thought was formed, is a place of contact and cultural dissemination between societies from the southern part of the continent, Peruvians and from the north, Mesoamericans. Located in the middle of the world, it is influenced by natural phenomena such as the mix of the cold Humboldt ocean current with the warm El Nino current. At the same time, its territory is divided by the Andes, giving shape to a couple of impressive mountain ranges that drain into the Pacific humid forest, as well as into the Amazon jungle. Factors like these bring a huge richness to the ecosystem which pre-Columbian humans had to respond to, producing stunning cultural expressions.A picture of this mosaic of settlements, which fostered exchange in ceremonies and cult objects, is presented in this book which gives an overall view of a very rich civilising movement as illustrated through a selection of emblematic objects made of pottery, metal and other materials. This book is enriched by a collection of essays from the most distinguished experts in Ecuadorian archaeology. Seller Inventory # LIO9788874393374

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