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Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0500516560
ISBN-10: 0500516561
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Editorial Reviews

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“An important contribution to the field. . . . A readable, informative assessment of the Wari and their art.” (Choice)

“Informative essays . . . put flesh on this long-lost race, accompanied by crisp four-color photography. . . . [A] wonderful reference that will be a valuable resource in any library.” (Antiques & The Arts Weekly)

“Perfect for: art history buffs, Latin American studies majors and lovers of ancient folk art.” (The Huffington Post)

“Stunning. . . .By incorporating a wide variety of Wari arts from the figural to the abstract, and across media, the catalogue presents Wari art as a totality. The lavish illustrations, most of which are in full color, provide a visual database from which trends emerge, an internal logic coalesces, and the Wari become more understandable. Despite the lack of monumental forms, Wari artwork does not lack sophistication, and its influence ran deep.” (caa.reviews (College Art Association))

About the Author

Susan E. Bergh is Curator of Pre-Columbian and Native North American Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (November 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516560
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Carpenter on October 5, 2012
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"Wari (also spelled Huari in Spanish); Lords of the Ancient Andes", is a triumph of a book/catalog). It is the catalog of the upcoming exhibition of the same name at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The editor of this work is Susan Bergh; the curator at the museum, of Pre-Columbian and Native American Art. She has done an admirable job! Granted it was made somewhat easy by the fact that this is the first North American exhibition and exploration devoted to the Wari/Huari. But, that quibble aside, this catalog rules! It covers all aspects of Wari/Huari art: ceramics, textiles, metals, shell, anything and all that remains. Any material that could be used to depict life and culture is included in this work.

I would not have liked to live in this culture. But this book gives me a greater understanding of it.

As an update as of 10/21/2012, I sent copies or recommendations of this catalog/book to some of the pre-eminent dealers in Pre-Columbian Andean Art. Their names and businesses will remain undisclosed. All were incredulous as to the quality of this work. The following is a parsed (fully shown) quote from one such. "What a wonderful surprise that book turned out to be. I was expecting the usual skinny catalog and instead this gorgeous book shows up. Looking at a number of the textiles, I'm now totally confused though, as I always thought that the various tie-dyes I had were Nazca. I need to go through that section carefully when I have a little time, right now it's all been focused on a few acquisitions and travel."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H. Woodside on December 3, 2012
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This is a wonderful book that could serve as a solid general introduction to Peruvian Indian cultures and ideologies. Besides maps and charts, it contains many sumptuous color plates that depict beautiful creations such as paintings, sculptures, miniature figurines (pp. 232-240), and hand woven cloths. The Wari Indians were at their height for the last four centuries of the first millennium AD. Short papers by expert archaeologists and art historians comment on aspects of Wari technology, architecture, and political organization, illustrating their points with references to the color plates. We get to know some of these artifacts very well. All this is part of a must see traveling museum show starting in 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio and continuing to Florida, and Texas in 2013. The authors place the Wari in historical context with their regional precursors, such as the Chavin Chavin and the Origins of the Andean Civilization, Tiwanaku The Tiwanaku: Portrait of an Andean Civilization (Peoples of America), and Nasca, as well as with their successors such as the Inca and modern Andinos. They aim directly at common icons and symbols (p.114-118), feasting (p.82-99), trade, religion, and engineering technology (p.77). Once upon a time, archaeologists depicted the Wari as rulers of a militaristic, totalitarian conquest state, perhaps because there were so many elaborate colony cities with the same distinctive architecture and ceramics scattered around the mountains and coastal deserts.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sergio E. Deop Fabregas on November 9, 2012
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An impressive work , this book is a wonderful updated catalogue about Wari culture ,this Thames&Hudson edition has a very good price for a such quality book with fantastic photos and excellents essays from best experts on Wari culture .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mari Bergen on March 30, 2013
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I've come across mention of the Wari culture quite often in the Andean archaeological textile literature but this is the first comprehensive work I've seen on the Wari. The compilation of the latest research findings alone is worth the price of the book; however when you add the photographs and the handsome cover - you have both a coffee table book and an excellent starting point for further research interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Carmichael on March 7, 2013
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This is a high quality, hard-cover book with exceptional colour photographs of important artifacts and sites. While beautifully illustrated, this is not just a coffee table book. Essays by most of the leading Wari researchers make this the most current statement on the rise and spread of the Wari Empire, its media and iconography. Bergh has assembled a masterpiece.
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