Los Angeles, CA : Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; London, U.K. : In association with Scala Publishers ; New York, NY : Distributed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the book trade by Antique Collectors' Club, 2012.
Book — 256 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 30 cm.
'Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico' accompanies an unprecedented exhibition, the first systematic investigation of the social and cultural complexities of the late pre-Columbian and early colonial eras as expressed in art. Reflecting their belief that Quetzalcoatl, the human incarnation of the Plumed Serpent, had founded the royal lineages of their noble families as he made his epic journey across Mexico, his people called themselves the Children of the Plumed Serpent. For his followers, the narrative of the culture hero Quetzalcoatl informed every aspect of artistic production. Among the book's 240 illustrations are stunning images of codices, polychrome ceramics, textiles, and exquisite works in gold, turquoise, and shell. Its lively and authoritative text features exciting new research and in-depth analysis by more than fifteen leading scholars, archaeologists, and curators. Offering a nuanced picture of Mexican history and art, this groundbreaking volume illuminates the enduring power of Quetzalcoatl as icon and idea from ancient times to today. (source: Nielsen Book Data)