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Children of the plumed serpent; the legacy of Quetzalcoatl in ancient Mexico.


Children of the plumed serpent; the legacy of Quetzalcoatl in ancient Mexico.

Fields, Virginia M.

Scala Publishers


256 pages




A collaboration of the late Virginia M. Fields (1952-2011; Latin American art, LA County Museum of Art), Pohl (art history, UCLA) and Lyall (Latin American art, LACMA), this catalogue accompanies an exhibition held at the LACMA April through June of 2012, and at the Dallas Museum of Art from late-July through November of 2012. Examining the social and cultural complexities of late pre-Columbian and early colonial eras as expressed in the art of the period--and their relevance in contemporary Mesoamerican societies--the materials trace the history of Quetzalcoatl's life and subsequent role as founder and benefactor of the Nahua-, Mixtec-, and Zapotec-dominated kingdoms of southern Mexico, which successfully resisted Aztec and Spanish subjugation and flourished during the Postclassic (AD 950-1521) period. The book is illustrated throughout with full-color photographs. Oversize: 10x11.75". Distributed in North America by ACC Distribution.

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