- Imprint: 5 Continents Editions
- Publication Date: September 1, 2011
- Price: $34.95
- Trim Size: 8 1⁄4 x 8 1⁄4
- ISBN: 88-7439-591-4
- EAN: 9788874395910
- Page Count: 148
- Illustrations: 140 full-color illustrations
- Format: Paperback
- Rights: US & Canada
The charms and amulets presented in this book offer a unique opportunity to explore the way people in Pre-Columbian Ecuador interpreted their lives. The choice of material—metals, shells, fired clay, gold—reflect different meanings and religious ideas. Taken alone every artifact tells a story; in concert they construct a narrative about the people who made them, revealing beliefs about fertility and death, marriage, and the origins of the universe. Stunning photos of these artifacts, accompanied by a text examining their meanings, provide an intriguing introduction to an ancient world.
About the author
Christian Mesía Montenegro is the director of the Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado in Quito, Ecuador. He has conducted archaeological research in Peru and Guatemala.