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Textile Masterpieces of Ancient Peru.

TEXTILE MASTERPIECES OF ANCIENT PERU. James W. Reid, Mineola, NY: Dover, 1968, 49 pps. Illustrated, softbound, $9.95 The textiles of ancient Peru possess an extraordinary beauty and technical perfection that has seldom been surpassed. The seventy-seven photographs in this volume capture the vibrant colors of textile masterpieces, and the Indians' unerring sense of design and composition. Many motifs reveal close ties with nature. Interlacing twigs, grasses and roots apparently inspired countless geometric and abstract shapes, while other patterns exhibit scenes reminiscent of surrealistic modern art. An informative text discusses the historic, mythologic and aesthetic importance of the textiles, as well as the religious, political, sociological and artistic role of the designs in ancient Peruvian society.
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Publication:School Arts
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Date:Jan 1, 1989
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