The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico with A Maya Sculpture in Wood

By: Coe, Michael D.

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Exhibition catalogue in excellent condition in beige cloth with bumped back lower corner and very small impact mark top edge at spine. Otherwise FINE. Binding is solid and square, covers otherwise have sharp corners, exterior shows no other blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. Dust jacket is price clipped, light edgewear and chipping at corners, 1" open tear top spine. 126 pages, heavily illustrated with a great many impressive b&w photos of human figures with large hips and over-size head and very expressive faces in clay, some bowls, various pottery. Maps; 29 cm. The focus of this exhibition is the Olmec civilization of Central Mexico, with particular attention to the sites of Tlatilco, Tlapacoya, and Las Bocas. Profusely illustrated with sculptures and figurines; scholarly. Contents include: Chronology of the Middle Pre-Classic in Central Mexico; Olmec Art and Iconography; Middle Pre-Classic Art in Central Mexico; The Olmec Presence in Central Mexico; Notes; References Cited; Illustration Sources. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. The Jaguar's Children has as its subject one of the most arresting topics of New World prehistory. The Olmec of Mexico - originators of the earliest great civilization in Middle America - produced an extraordinary art. Its impact on contemporary and subsequent Mexican developments was enormous. It is this impact on an area in Central Highlands, parts of the states of Morelos, Puebla, and the Valley of Mexico, that is described in this work. Coe discusses the extensive site of Tlatilco, the transitional site of Tlapacoya and the very important and previously unpublished site of Las Bocas. Problems of symbolism, iconography and the close relation of Olmec art to religion are examined, as well as the relation of Olmec culture to that of Central Highland tradition. Illustrated by over 200 pieces, many published for the first time, the emphasis has been placed on material from Las Bocas. The most important "baby-face" figures of the period have come from that site. These are graphic and humanized representations of the major Olmec deity, a rain god whose shape was that of a were-jaguar, a fat, child-like creature with feline features. Believed born of a jaguar and a human mother, they are the Jaguar's Children. Included is 10 page pamphlet A Maya Sculpture in Wood (same publisher, 1964 by Cordon F. Ekholm)

Title: The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico with A Maya Sculpture in Wood

Author: Coe, Michael D.

Categories: Art, Ancient History, Central America,

Publisher: N. Y., Museum of Primitive Art: 1965

Binding: Oversize Hardback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Good

Type: Art

Seller ID: 143734

Keywords: Tlatilco, Tlapacoya, Las Bocas, Ancient, Figures, Pottery, Ceramic, Clay, Art, History, Figures, Olmec, Culture, Mexico, Middle America, Baby-face, ,