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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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“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 (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This is a catalog of a traveling exhibition arranged by the Cleveland Museum.
It is about one of the major empires in Pre-Columbian Peru, the Wari, who thrived from 600 A.D. to 1000 A.D.
The exhibition consists of artifacts and art discovered in graves. And the book presents a useful and scholarly discussion of what we know about Wari history.
Textiles were considered the highest and most prized form of art in all of the Andean Pre-Columbian cultures.
Extraordinary amounts of them have survived in the dry climate, though hardly any from the moister climates in the highlands where this culture originally derived in Tihuanaco.
There was a tradition however in which burials occured on the South Coast, where there is hardly any rainfall or groundwater, which felicitously enabled survival of so many textiles and ceramics.
The ruling center of the Wari gradually migrated westward to the city of Cuzco near present day Lima.
The Wari were direct antecedents of The Incas, who built a vaster system of taxation, roads, commerce and governance 500 years later.
The literature fairly extensively documents this wealth of the highly developed and striking art of all early cultures from this region, dating from several thousand years ago.
There are few other cultures from antiquity whose artistic legacy has been preserved so well.
This book has several in-depth chapters on the marvellous textiles but, as a textile dealer in this field, I can report that there has never been any published and illustrated account of this traditon that is even close to comprehensive, the variety is so great.
The archaelogical record is still quite fragmentary, but this book represents the best effort to date to collate what is known generally about Wari history, if not its art.
The best examples of Peruvian art still languish in Peruvian museums, especially textiles.
However there are many Western collections and major holdings in Western Museums.,
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