Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
Illustrations: 245 colour, 51 halftone
Turquoise, as a gemstone or as a decorative part of an object, has a fascinating history of discovery and use in Mexico and North America. This blue-green opaque mineral has been highly prized in antiquity and even now, its compelling colour tones and attractive textures are much sought after for quality jewellery. Like the mineral itself, this volume Turquoise in Mexico and North America: Science, Conservation, Culture and Collections is distinguished by its variety, with something of interest for every reader.
New insights emerge from the latest scientific probings into the characterisation, sources, mining and distribution of turquoise. Also in this volume, studies of precious turquoise on prehispanic mosaics help to restore cultural meaning to this exquisitely crafted category of material. The significance and status of turquoise in the Aztec world is reflected in contributions that encompass poetry, thought and symbolism. Both continuity and innovation are reflected in descriptions of the turquoise jewellery arts of the American Southwest, providing fascinating comparisons with archaeological and early historical material. Different authors examine the ethos and practice of collecting, both for museums and the individual, and, in so doing, look to the past as well as to the present. This lavishly illustrated volume provides a unique perspective on the mastery of turquoise with a diverse exchange of ideas between the academic and the popular.