A seriation of Olmec monumental sculpture from Mesoamerica

by Susan Milbrath Pelliza

Publisher: University Microfilms International in Ann Arbor, Mich

Written in English
Published: Pages: 348 Downloads: 749
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Subjects:

  • Art,
  • Sculpture,
  • Olmecs

Edition Notes

Statementby Susan Milbrath Pelliza
The Physical Object
Paginationxi, 348 leaves :
Number of Pages348
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26572523M

  Between and BC the Olmecs flourished in the tropical lowlands of Mexico's Gulf Coast, creating the most complex of Mesoamerica's early societies and its first monumental art. Emphasising the strategies of political leaders and the environmental and social diversity within the Olmec region, this up-to-date and comprehensive study describes the history of Olmec research, . Between and BC the Olmecs flourished in the tropical lowlands of Mexico's Gulf Coast, creating the most complex of Mesoamerica's early societies and its first monumental art. Emphasising the strategies of political leaders and the environmental and social diversity within the Olmec Price: $ Mesoamerican architecture, building traditions of the indigenous cultures in parts of Mexico and Central America before the 16th-century Spanish conquest. For the later tradition, see Latin American idea of constructing temple-pyramids appears to have taken hold Venta, the centre of Olmec culture (c. – bce), contains one of the earliest pyramidal structures, a. The archaeological Olmec (see Mesoamerica, Pre-Columbian, §II, 2, (i)) are known from several sites in the humid tropical lowlands of the southern Gulf Coast. For nearly years, only the Olmec created elegant and sophisticated monumental art in stone, an .

The Olmecs’ most notable accomplishment was their monumental stone sculpture. Other Mesoamerican cultures had stone monuments, but the Olmec versions were unique in their sophistication, size, and number. A common theme occurs during the coherent tradition spanning BCE to BCE. Statues were carved out of thrones or in low relief on. These sculptures are in the forms of masks, human figures, temples and animals. Unique in Mesoamerica, the Mezcala style might have developed out of an earlier Olmec (c. BCE) horizon in Guerrero, and the style has affinities to Teotihuacan as well ( CE). Reconsidering Olmec Visual Cultureis the first study that situates the unique hollow babies of Formative Mesoamerica within the context of prominent females and the prevalent imagery of gestation and birth. It is also the first major art historical study of La Venta and the first to identify Mesoamerica's earliest creation narrative. The Olmecs made long-lasting art. Most famous are huge heads carved out of volcanic rock. Some are 10 feet tall and weigh 20 tons. Monumental sculptures are often evidence of a civilization with powerful leaders. But Olmec culture was more likely a chiefdom than a state with a strong central government.

By Michael Crichton - ~ Book Pre Columbian Architecture In Mesoamerica ~, an authoritative and magnificently illustrated survey of mesoamerican architecture from pre olmec times to the spanish conquest pre columbian architecture in mesoamerica is destined to become a standard. Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture is the first study that situates the unique hollow babies of Formative Mesoamerica within the context of prominent females and the prevalent imagery of gestation and birth. It is also the first major art historical study of La Venta and the first to identify Mesoamerica's earliest creation narrative. A few hundred miles from the Olmec heartland is the cave and archaeological site of Juxtlahuaca, which contains the earliest sophisticated cave art in Mesoamerica. The most well-known of the cave art is Painting 1, which has been dated by archaeologist Michael Coe to the Olmec period (c – BCE) and contains Olmec motifs. [6].

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Providing an in-depth examination of central works, this book guides readers through the most iconic palaces, pyramids, sculptures, and paintings. From the Olmec colossal head 5 recovered from San Lorenzo to the Aztec calendar stone found in Mexico City’s Zocalo inthis book reveals the complexity and innovation behind the art and /5().

Olmec rulers expressed their material and religious power in the first monumental stone art of Mesoamerica, remarkable for its sophistication and naturalism, as well as massive buried offerings of wealth obtained from great by: The Olmec--best known for a unique style of monumental stone head and jade were-jaguar--were based along the Gulf of Mexico but have also been linked to other Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya and Aztec.

This book discusses recent spectacular finds and provides a framework for understanding the history, art, and archaeology of the Olmec.

Buy a cheap copy of Olmec Archaeology and Early Mesoamerica book by Christopher Pool. Between and BC the Olmecs flourished in the tropical lowlands of Mexico's Gulf Coast, creating the most complex of Mesoamerica's early societies and its Free Shipping on all orders over $   Clewlow, C.

William Jr. A Stylistic and Chronological Study of Olmec Monumental Sculpture. Contributions of the University of California Archaeological Research Facility 1 – Clewlow, C. William Jr., and Corson, Christopher R.

New Stone Monuments from La Venta, Author: Jillian Mollenhauer. Introduction. The Olmec art style was the major prestige style of Ancient Mesoamerica between c.

1, BCE and BCE, or much of the Mesoamerican Formative (Preclassic) period (or c. – BCE calibrated). Scholars have successfully defined the stylistic elements of Olmec art, the most important of which is the tendency to exhibit a monumentality of form in objects of all sizes.

This handsome volume presents the creations of Mesoamerica's most ancient societies in their archaeological contexts. The Olmec--best known for a unique style of monumental stone head and jade were-jaguar--were based along the Gulf of Mexico but have also been linked to other Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya and Aztec.

The Olmec art style seems to reflect their religion. In their book Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, Michael Coe and Rex Koontz write: “The hallmark of Olmec civilization is the art. the Olmec built colossal stone heads out and knives out of.

books, wind, death, and rebirth. sun god. Huitzilopotchli = temples, and monumental sculptures. writing and calendar system. by BCE, the Zapotec had developed early forms of. Monte Alban - first real urban center of the Americas. After B.C., however, the center of La Venta was abandoned and monumental building and sculpting ceased.

Peoples at other Olmec centers, such as Tres Zapotes and Cerro de las Mesas, Veracruz, continued monumental sculpture and ceramic production for many more centuries. Later Mesoamerican cultures revered works of art created by the Olmec.

Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store. The First Major Mesoamerican Art. The art of the Olmec, which emerged during the preclassic period along the Gulf of Mexico, was the first major Mesoamerican art.

Across the swampy coastal areas of the modern Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco, the Olmec. This volume considers the significance of stone monuments in Preclassic Mesoamerica, focusing on the period following the precocious appearance of monumental sculpture at the Olmec site of San Lorenzo and preceding the rise of the Classic polities in the Maya region and Central Mexico.

By quite literally “placing” sculptures in their cultural, historical, social, political, religious, and. This book takes a look at the evidence of a trade route which supposedly connected the Pacific and Atlantic oceans through the narrow Mexican isthmus from the south.

Olmec Archaeology and Early Mesoamerica. Starting from BC, the Olmec civilization lasted until BC, in the area of the Mexican Gulf Coast. Mesoamerica's first highly developed civilization, which archaeologists have named the Olmec, emerged about BCE in two distant areas of Mexico--the central highland valleys (particularly in Morelos and Guerrero) and the lowland forests of south and east (particularly Veracruz and Tabasco).

In addition to creating a sophisticated symbol system, the Olmec built the earliest planned. The Olmec culture was the first great Mesoamerican civilization, developing along Mexico's Gulf coast from about B.C. before going into a mysterious Olmec were very talented artists and sculptors who are today best remembered for their monumental stonework and cave paintings.

Although relatively few pieces of Olmec art survive today, they are quite striking and. Early Olmec ceramics show representations of something that may be codices, suggesting that amatl bark codices, and by extension well-developed writing, existed in Olmec times.

[citation needed] It was also long thought that many of the glyphs present on Olmec monumental sculpture, such as those on the so-called "Ambassador Monument" (La Venta Monument 13), represented an early Olmec script. Book, Print in English but the exceptional beauty and technical brilliance of the sculpture and its seminal importance to other Mesoamerican cultures are evident in the outstanding objects examined in Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico." "Specially commissioned photographs illustrate magnificent pieces, which include 17 monumental sculptures.

Olmec, the first elaborate pre-Columbian civilization of Mesoamerica (c. – BCE) and one that is thought to have set many of the fundamental patterns evinced by later American Indian cultures of Mexico and Central America, notably the Maya and the Aztec.

"The Olmec," says Pohl, "were the first [in Mesoamerica] to have large urban centers with monumental architecture and sculpture. We believe these urban centers are evidence for an early state society and suggest that writing was closely associated with state formation and was a way of publicizing the king.".

- Hands-on, interactive resources for exploring the ancient Olmec civilization: the Mesoamerican mother culture. Don't forget to subscribe at to have hands-on history lessons delivered to your door!. See more ideas about Mesoamerican, Ancient, History pins.

The stone head sculptures of the Olmec civilization of the Gulf Coast of Mexico ( BCE - BCE) are amongst the most mysterious and debated artefacts from the ancient world. The most agreed upon theory is that, because of their unique physical features and the difficulty and cost involved in their creation, they represent Olmec rulers.

The geographic extent of the Olmec phenomenon has also been the subject of intense debate in recent decades. Olmec-style works, particularly ceramics, have been found far beyond what is often called the Olmec ‘heartland’ of the Gulf Coast, including the state of Guerrero, in west Mexico, and Puebla, in the central highlands.

Olmec mythology has left no documents comparable to the Popul Vuh from Maya mythology, and therefore any exposition of Olmec mythology must rely on interpretations of surviving monumental and portable art, and comparisons with other Mesoamerican mythologies.

Olmec art shows that such deities as the Feathered Serpent and a rain supernatural were. "Important collection of articles summarizing current research on the preclassic Gulf Coast Olmec and inter-regional relations.

Topics covered include chronology and antecedents, San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, El Manatí, La Venta, economics, monumental art, sociopolitical organization, cosmology, and relations with Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chalcatzingo, and the altiplano.

Selected Resources on Ancient Mesoamerica Books on the Olmec Search this Guide Search. Selected Resources on Ancient Mesoamerica. The Child and the Childlike in Olmec art and Archaeology by Billie Follensbee.

A Stylistic and Chronological Study of Olmec Monumental Sculpture by Carl William Clewlow, Jr. Call Number: E C2 no History of Olmec investigations / Elizabeth P. Benson --The Olmec world / Richard A. Diehl --Daily life in Olmec times / Mari Carmen Serra Puche ; with Fernán González de la Vara and Karina R.

Durand V. --Homocentrism in Olmec monumental art / Beatriz de la Fuente --In search of the Olmec cosmos: reconstructing the world view of Mexico's. The Olmec are considered by historians to be the "mother" culture of Mesoamerica.

All later cultures, such as the Veracruz, Maya, Toltec, and Aztecs all borrowed from the Olmec. Certain Olmec gods, such as the Feathered Serpent, Maize God, and Water God, would live on in the cosmos of these later civilizations.

Debate about the definition of Olmec art, style, and culture, and the role that any of these had in the general developments of the Pre-Classic, was amply reflected in the different points of view expressed by contributors to The Olmec and Their Neighbors (Benson ) and Regional Perspectives on the Olmec (Sharer and Grove ).

The Olmecs (/ ˈ ɒ l m ɛ k s, ˈ oʊ l-/) were the earliest known major Mesoamerican ing a progressive development in Soconusco, they occupied the tropical lowlands of the modern-day Mexican states of Veracruz and has been speculated that the Olmecs derived in part from the neighboring Mokaya or Mixe–Zoque cultures.

The Olmecs flourished during Mesoamerica's. The Olmec culture flourished in several civic and ceremonial centers along the Gulf of Mexico more than 3, years ago, from to B.C. Best known for their carvings of colossal stone heads, the Olmec were masters of monumental sculpture, and also produced an array of other distinctive artworks in stone, ceramic, wood, and jade.If the Olmec Wrestler is a forgery, then the forger was a superbly accomplished sculptor that doesnt need to go into the forgery buisness.

Also you seem to know so much about an almost unknwon civilization, full of puzzles and missing parts, and yet you hint you are an expert in olmec monumental art.The causes and degree of Olmec influences on Mesoamerican cultures has been a subject of debate over many decades.

Although the Olmecs are considered to be perhaps the earliest Mesoamerican civilization, there are questions concerning how and how much the Olmecs influenced cultures outside the Olmec debate is succinctly, if simplistically, framed by the title of a The New.