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The Painted Tombs of Oaxaca, Mexico

The Painted Tombs of Oaxaca, Mexico
Living with the Dead

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Part of Res Monographs in Anthropology and Aesthetics

  • Date Published: March 1996
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 1997
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521451109

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  • The Painted Tombs of Oaxaca, Mexico examines ancestor veneration and the mural paintings produced over a 3000-year period by the Zapotec, one of pre-Columbian America's most visually rich cultures. Providing an art historical and technical analysis of Zapotec mural art in tombs and on temples, Arthur Miller then examines these powerful images from the vantage point of family and lineage rituals related to the cult of the dead. Among his contributions are strikingly new observations on tomb reuse and the repainting of mural programs. More than a definitive record of a fading pre-Columbian visual tradition, this interdisciplinary study of funerary practice cogently demonstrates that the Zapotec tombs were, in effect, made to satisfy the needs of the living. Moreover, it documents the religious and social continuities, as well as changes, between ancient and contemporary Zapotec communities.

    • Many books have been published on Maya and Aztec civilizations, but few on the Zapotec
    • Art historical and technical analysis of Zapotec mural art, presented in highly accurate drawings by Felipe Dávalos
    • Miller approaches the material from the point of view of family and lineage rituals related to the cult of the dead, including original observations on tomb reuse and repainting of murals
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521451109
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 210 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.278kg
    • contains: 90 b/w illus. 54 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 1997
  • Table of Contents

    1. Monte Albán
    2. Painting at Monte Albán
    3. Venerated ancestors at Monte Albán
    4. Journey through the underworld at Monte Albán
    5. Funerary painting outside Monte Albán
    6. The house of the dead at Cerro de la Campana
    7. Mitla.

  • Author

    Arthur G. Miller, University of Maryland, College Park

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