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The Divine Heart of Things : Pre-Columbian Art from the Ludwig Collection, Paperback / softback Book

The Divine Heart of Things : Pre-Columbian Art from the Ludwig Collection Paperback / softback


This catalogue presents around 200 artifacts from Irene and Peter Ludwig's collection of pre-Columbian art from the Americas.

The works are organized thematically and ethnically, looking at pottery of the Mimbres culture; Mayan works in jade and the diversity of cultures in postclassic Western Mesoamerica (Toltecs, Aztecs, Mixtecs, Zapotecs and Tarascans); the development of early cultures in the Central Andes; ancient Peruvian erotic sculpture; metallurgy in the pre-Hispanic Andes; ritual drinking and libation; and many other topics and genres.

A final section considers the appropriation of the pre-Columbian past throughout history and in the present.

Also included are timelines of ancient American cultures.

The Ludwig Collection today is part of the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum in Cologne.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 248 pages, 299 colour, 48 b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Art of indigenous peoples
  • ISBN: 9783863352936



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