Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas is an exquisite and lavishly illustrated book, filled to the brim with compelling essays and extensive catalog entries. The span of the volume is no less impressive, surveying as it does the luxury arts of the ancient Americas from the northern and central Andes, Central America, and Mesoamerica. The book, a companion to the blockbuster Golden Kingdoms exhibition, beautifully assembles more than two hundred of the objects from the show and expertly contextualizes them with detailed maps, timelines, and a wealth of comparative material, archaeological data, art historical analysis, and entries devoted to consideration of materials, techniques of manufacture, economic systems, and paths...

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