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Miniature Size, Magical Quality
Author: Frances Marzio

ISBN: 9780300137477
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 104
Published: 1 February 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.4
An extraordinary group of Nasca miniature objects--exquisite works produced in ancient Central and South America for personal adornment, ritual use, and burial--resides in the renowned Glassell Collection of Pre-Columbian Art.

Dating from about A.D. 600, the Nasca miniatures were reported to have been found together in the Ica Valley of the south coast of present-day Peru. Beautifully crafted from gold, silver, shell, and semiprecious stones, most of these objects were carved from or have elements of spondylus shell, a rare mollusk.

Frances Marzio brings the Nasca culture vividly to life through her insightful discussion of diverse artworks from the collection--from warriors and trophy heads to females and a menagerie of animals--focusing on these fascinating treasures as a group for the first time.

About the Author

FRANCES MARZIO is curator of The Glassell Collections, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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