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WEARING CULTURE: DRESS AND REGALIA IN EARLY MESOAMERICA AND CENTRAL AMERICA. Ed. by Heather Orr and Matthew G. Looper. University Press of Colorado, Boulder, 2014. 544 pp. with 298 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2013-24219 ISBN 9781607322818 In English.
Publisher's description: Wearing Culture connects scholars of divergent geographical areas and academic fields -- from archaeologists and anthropologists to art historians -- to show the significance of articles of regalia and of dressing and ornamenting people and objects among the Formative period cultures of ancient Mesoamerica and Central America. Documenting the elaborate practices of costume, adornment, and body modification in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Oaxaca, the Soconusco region of southern Mesoamerica, the Gulf Coast Olmec region (Olman), and the Maya lowlands, this book demonstrates that adornment was used as a tool for communicating status, social relationships, power, gender, sexuality, behavior, and political, ritual, and religious identities... Contributors address technological development, manufacturing materials and methods, nonfabric ornamentation, symbolic dimensions, representational strategies, and clothing as evidence of interregional sociopolitical exchange. Focusing on an important period of cultural and artistic development through the lens of costuming and adornment, Wearing Culture will be of interest to scholars of pre-Hispanic and pre-Columbian studies.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Native Middle/South America — Costume/Fashion, Several Media — Archaeology
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 156296
Hardcover $75.00    

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