The Secret Art of Precolumbian Ecuador
Edited by Iván Cruz and Daniel Klein
Text by Karen Stothert, Iván Cruz, Richard Lunnings, León Doyón, Clemencia Plazas,
Miguel àngel Cabodevilla, and Francisco Valdéz, Carmen Viteri and Javier Ponce
Photographs by Pierre-Yves Dhinaut
An insightful and authoritative survey on the remarkable craftsmanship of this rich civilization.
This publication evokes the distant past of a remote and almost unknown country. Setting sail from the coast in great rafts, the indigenous inhabitants of Ecuador exchanged exotic shells along their routes and dispersed knowledge and new technologies among the peoples living between the great empires of Peru and Mesoamerica. The dynamic flow of cultures is palpable in the rich and varied iconography of stone, ceramic and gold artifacts found in Ecuador’s diverse landscape. An extraordinary corpus of objects created over 5000 years is testimony to the excellence achieved by ancient artists.
In these pages, the subtle photographic sensibilities of Pierre-Yves Dhinaut, complemented by eight essays that weave together scientific data and humanistic interpretations of amerindian thought, transport the reader into the complex parallel worlds of these masters of Precolumbian art.