London: Textile and Art Publications, 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. Large 4to. 379,  pp. Over 130 works illustrated in 170 colour plates (including full-page bleed details); over 180 other colour illustrations, maps, mono illustrations/line drawings. Map; Bibliography; Glossary; Index. Tan linen cloth with color plate affixed to front cover; housed in color illustrated slipcase. A fine copy. This is a heavy book; priority and overseas shipping will be an additional charge. Item #19028
This lavishly illustrated large-format art book - the first major publication in the world devoted entirely to this magnificent ancient art form - focuses on the aesthetic beauty of the feather textiles and three-dimensional objects, unparalleled in their artistry and sophistication, that were created for the elite of the ancient Andean world between approximately 500 BC and 1550 AD. The author, internationally recognised as one of the leading authors and scholars on the textile art of ancient America, focuses on: - The characteristics and chronology of the major featherwork-producing cultures of ancient Peru, and the geographical features of the area. - Technical facets of feather textile production, including: sources of the feathers; different types of feather objects; creation and construction; dating and cultural attribution. - The religious, political, social, psychological, economic and communication roles of the feather textiles in ancient Peruvian life. - Design concepts and the meaning and importance of the motifs and shapes employed. - The parallels to be drawn between ancient Peruvian feather textiles and Modern Art.- textile-art.com.