This is the first comprehensive book on Aztec art: eleven chapters illustrated with seventy-five superb color plates and hundreds of photographs, supplemented by maps and diagrams. Temple architecture, majestic stone sculpture carved without metal tools, featherwork and turquoise mosaic, painted books, and sculptures in terra cotta and rare stones - all are here.

Pasztory has placed these major works of Pre-Columbian art in a historical context, relating them to the reigns of individual rulers, events in Aztec history, and the needs of different social groups from the elite to the farmer. She focuses on the little-known aspects of the aesthetics, poetry and humanity of the Aztecs.

About The Author
Esther Pasztory is the Lisa and Bernard Selz Professor Emerita in Pre-Columbian Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.
Book Information
319 b&w illus., 75 color illus.
512 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-2536-7
Published September 1998