For almost eight hundred years (100 BC-AD 650) Nasca artists modeled and painted the plants, animals, birds, and fish of their homeland on Peru's south coast as well as numerous abstract anthropomorphic creatures whose form and meaning are sometimes incomprehensible today. In this first book-length treatment of Nasca ceramic iconography to appear in English, drawing upon an archive of more than eight thousand Nasca vessels from over 150 public and private collections, Donald Proulx systematically describes the major artistic motifs of this stunning polychrome pottery, interprets the major them
Overview of the Nasca culture Nasca pottery and its artistic canons The discovery of the Nasca style and its chronological placement Approaches to the interpretation of Nasca iconography A description and interpretation of the major themes in Nasca ceramic iconography New insights on Nasca society.
Description based upon print version of record. Includes bibliographical references (p. -228) and index.