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The final volume in the series, this catalogue follows the general plan of volumes II–IV but differs from them in its use of the sylloge format for the catalogue proper. The collection of Palaeologan coins at Dumbarton Oaks is by far the largest that exists, and the field is one in which great advances have been made over the last half-century. This volume supersedes the previous accounts of Palaeologan coinage, and is definitive in its field. Part I includes the introduction, appendices, and...
Topics: Coins, Numismatics, Byzantine Coins, Catalogs, Byzantine Studies, Byzantine History, Byzantine,...
The 12,000 coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and the Whittemore Collection at the Fogg Art Museum form one of the greatest specialized collections of Byzantine coins in the world. The catalogue, edited by Alfred R. Bellinger and Philip Grierson, publishes the majority of these coins, dating between 491 and 1453, in five volumes. The second volume in this catalogue is in two parts. Part I examines Phocas and Heraclius (602–641) and Part II covers the period between Heraclius Constantine...
Topics: Coins, Numismatics, Byzantine Coins, Byzantine Studies, Byzantine History, Byzantine, Dumbarton...
The fourth in a series of five catalogues, this volume’s sections have a more extensive treatment, featuring imperial costume and regalia, their importance in coin designs; the coordination, control, and methods of coin production; and an excursus on the main issues of the years around 1204. The introductions to each reign have also been expanded to take account of the historical and numismatic complexities of the period, and many more specimens from outside Dumbarton Oaks have been...
Topics: Coins, Numismatics, Byzantine Coins, Catalogs, Byzantine History, Byzantine Studies, Byzantine,...
The 12,000 coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and the Whittemore Collection at the Fogg Art Museum form one of the greatest specialized collections of Byzantine coins in the world. The catalogue, edited by Alfred R. Bellinger and Philip Grierson, publishes the majority of these coins, dating between 491 and 1453, in five volumes. The third volume in this catalogue is in two parts. Part I examines Leo III to Michael III (717–867) and Part II covers the period between Basil I and Nicephorus...
Topics: Coins, Numismatics, Byzantine Coins, Byzantine Studies, Byzantine History, Byzantine, Dumbarton...
The 12,000 coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and the Whittemore Collection at the Fogg Art Museum form one of the greatest specialized collections of Byzantine coins in the world. The catalogue, edited by Alfred R. Bellinger and Philip Grierson, publishes the majority of these coins, dating between 491 and 1453, in five volumes. The first volume in the catalogue covers the coins of Anastasius I through Maurice, and includes a history of the collections.
Topics: Coins, Numismatics, Byzantine Coins, Catalogs, Byzantine History, Byzantine Studies, Byzantine,...
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by Grierson, Philip
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This introductory booklet on Byzantine coinage, first published in 1982, has been updated and expanded to include a description of the creation of the coin collection at Dumbarton Oaks. This new edition marks the completion of the five volume series Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection. The booklet covers phases of the coinage, gold, silver, and copper coinage, types and inscriptions, and ruler representations. Tables of values corresponding with various times in...
Topics: Coins, Numismatics, Byzantine Coins, Byzantine Studies, Byzantine History, Byzantine
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The longevity of the Byzantine state was due largely to the existence of variegated and articulated economic systems. This three-volume study examines the structures and dynamics of the economy and the factors that contributed to its development over time. The first volume addresses the environment, resources, communications, and production techniques. The second volume examines the urban economy; presents case studies of a number of places, including Sardis, Pergamon, Thebes, Athens, and...
Topics: Byzantine History, Byzantine Studies, Economic History
This is the first fully illustrated catalogue of a major collection of late Roman and early Byzantine imperial coins. It follows the general layout of the Byzantine volumes in the Dumbarton Oaks series, with a substantial introduction dealing with the history of the coinage, including iconography, mints, and the monetary system.
Topics: Coins, Numismatics, Late Roman Coins, Byzantine Coins, Byzantine, Late Antiquity, Catalogs,...
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Among the sources for the history of Byzantine monasticism, none are more important than the typika, or foundation documents. Collected and translated in these volumes, the typkia may be used, for the first time, as a comprehensive study of religious life and institutions in the Greek East and as a comparison between Greek and Latin monasticism. Together, the typika illuminate almost every aspect of Byzantine monastic life and its development from the eighth to the fifteenth century. The work...
Topics: Byzantine History, Church History, Monasticism, Monasteries, Eastern Orthodoxy, Translation,...
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Title from library's list: [Watercolor drawings of flowers] 1 folded sheet ([45] double leaves) : all ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm. Manuscript (shahon), the artist and the date not known. Title supplied by cataloger. On double leaves, folded accordion style (orihon).
Topics: Nature in art, Animals in art, Flowers in art, Watercolor painting, Japanese -- Edo period,...
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by De Marck, H.
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[1] leaf, 27 leaves of plates (some folded) : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 49 cm. "27 original drawings in pencil & watercolor of plans & layouts for private gardens in the Brussels area, which have mostly disappeared."--Dumbarton Oaks Research Library shelflist card. Drawings on watercolor paper, adhered to a uniform size sheet of paper; most drawings within a single-line border. Some plates have explanatory text which locates garden/garden projects chiefly in Brussels....
Topics: Gardens -- Belgium -- Design -- History -- 19th century, Landscape design -- Belgium -- History --...
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Just as the Tanūkhids rose and fell as the principal Arab  foederati  of Byzantium in the fourth century, so too in the fifth did the Salīhids. The century, practically terra incognita in the history of Arab-Byzantine relations, is explored by Irfan Shahîd, who recovers from the sources the political, military, ecclesiastical, and cultural history of the Arab  foederati  in Oriens and the Arabian Peninsula during this period. Unlike their predecessors or successors, the  foederati  of...
Topics: Arabs -- History -- To 622, Byzantine Empire -- History -- To 527, Middle East -- History -- To...
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by Giraud, Jane Elizabeth, approximately 1820-approximately 1919
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50 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm "Your voiceless lips, O flowers! are living preachers; Each cup a precept, every leaf a book. Supplying to my fancy numerous teachers From loneliest nook." The mansucript, presumably in the artist's hand, is comprised of two parts. The first section opens with an illustrated title page, dated 1860, with the title: The fête of the flowers, framed in part by lilies and roses. Following are eight handwritten pages of...
Topics: Flowers -- Pictorial works, Bouquets -- Pictorial works, Posies -- Pictorial works, Flowers in...
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by Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818
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[10] p., [1] leaf of plates, bound : map ; 34 cm. Title from caption on p. [1] of ms. Date from p. [1] of ms. Brown ink on cream-colored paper. Paper watermarked: Britannia. Ms. copy in unidentified hand of Repton's "Red book" for Shrubland (Suffolk, England). Sir William Middleton (1748–1829) purchased the Shrubland estate in 1788 and in the same year commissioned Repton to suggest improvements to the property.
Topics: Landscape architecture -- England -- Suffolk -- Early works to 1800, Gardens -- England -- Suffolk...
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by Fer, Nicolas de, 1646-1720
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32 leaves of plates (some folded) : chiefly ill., maps, plans ; 45 cm. Engraved title page; title within a cartouche with coats of arms and an artillery sphere. "[A]vec Privilege du Roy."
Topic: France -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800
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[3] leaves, vi, [12] p., XII leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 44 x 59 cm. "Der volle Reinertrag ist für die Fonde der Radetzky-, Jellačić- und Welden- Invalidenstiflungen bestimmt." Plates separated by transparent tissue with the names of the plants printed on them. Last unnumbered page blank.
Topics: Gardens -- Austria -- Vienna, Vienna (Austria). Hofburg-Garten
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by Littlewood, Antony Robert; Maguire, Henry; Wolschke-Bulmahn, Joachim
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Only in the last decade has much serious attention been paid to the Byzantine garden, so indirect is the mass of information, both in literature and the visual arts, that is available for scholars.  Byzantine Garden Culture , which comprises the revised versions of papers delivered at a colloquium of the same title held at Dumbarton Oaks in November 1996, is the first book ever devoted to the subject. Individual chapters deal with Byzantine conceptions of paradise, the textual evidence for...
Topics: Byzantine Studies, Byzantine History, Byzantine, Gardens, Gardens, Byzantine -- Byzantine Empire --...
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by Taube, Karl A.
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Taube discusses the major gods appearing in the Postclassic iconography of the Yucatan.
Topics: Maya mythology, Mayas -- Religion, Manuscripts, Maya
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1 album ([28] leaves of plates) Watercolor paintings of fruits of Asia. The first 12 watercolors depict elaborate arrangements of several fruits, some showing the fruit at various stages of its life cycle, and some fruits peeled, segmented, or cut to reveal their form, surrounded by flowers and foliage. The next 10 watercolors show just one fruit per painting, with its flower, foliage, and seed. Twenty-two watercolor paintings are painted on sheets measuring 40 x 51 cm and are mounted onto the...
Topics: Fruit -- Asia -- Identification -- Pictorial works, Flowers -- Asia -- Identification -- Pictorial...
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by Bry, Auguste, 1805-1880
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[22] leaves of plates : ill. (lithographs) ; 42 x 57 cm. Romanized title. Decorative lithographic title-page and 21 lithographic plates engraved by Auguste Bry after drawings by Johann Nepomuk Rauch. Coat of arms of the Golitsyn family engraved at center bottom margin of each plate. Plate [1] (decorative lithographic title-page) signed at lower left: "Ph. Benoist d'après le croquis d' Auguste Bry." Sixteen of the plates are signed at lower left by engravers Philippe Benoist and...
Topics: Golit͡syn family -- Homes and haunts -- Pictorial works, Historic parks -- Russia (Federation) --...
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by Kanō, Chiaki
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Kano considers the archaeological materials from the pre-Chavín cultures and the relationship between these early cultures and Chavín, and traces the changes in artistic style from pre-Chavín to Chavín on the basis of the feline motif.
Topics: Cats -- Folklore -- Peru, Indians of South America -- Peru -- Religion, Shillacoto site (Peru),...
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by Alfaro, Anastasio, 1865-1951
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37 pages, [1] leaf of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Topics: Indians of Central America -- Costa Rica -- Antiquities, Costa Rica -- Antiquities
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by Klein, Cecelia F.
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Gender in Pre-Hispanic America  offers rich opportunities for comprehending current trends and considering future directions in research. It is unique in that it puts social theory at the forefront of the discussion. The book has a special intellectual presence and contemporary relevance in its engagement with the social lives and constructs of its authors and readers alike. The consideration of the role of gender in our daily lives, including in our professions, becomes inescapable when...
Topics: Pre-Columbian Studies, Gender
This is the first comprehensive treatment and pictorial record of one of the greatest bodies of sculpture in the Pre-Columbian Americas. Parson orders the Late Preclassic sculptures of highland and Pacific coast Guatemala into chronological and stylistic groupings, relating them to the other artistic and iconographic movements at the time the Maya style was coalescing.
Topics: Maya sculpture, Mayas -- Antiquities, Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Antiquities,...
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by Donnan, Christopher B.; McClelland, Donna
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The Moche, who flourished on the North Coast of Peru between 100 BCE and 700 CE, produced one of the most remarkable art styles of Pre-Columbian America. Although they had no writing system, they left a vivid artistic record of their activities and their environment. Their art illustrates their clothing, architecture, implements, supernatural beings, and a multitude of activities such as warfare, ceremony, and hunting. Although Moche art gives the impression of having an almost infinite variety...
Topics: Mochica Indians -- Funeral customs and rites, ndians of South America -- Funeral customs and rites...
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by Le Nôtre, André, 1613-1700
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[22] double leaves of plates : all ill. ; 31 cm. Title from catalog record. Twenty-two engraved double plates of parterres after Le Notre (or Le Nautre, both signatures used) and V. Touchar: 3 signed by Perelle, 3 by Le Pautre. Most plates published: A Paris : chez N. Langlois ruë St. Iacques (or Jacques), or, A Paris : chez N. Langlois ruë St. Jacques à la Victoire.
Topics: Formal gardens -- Design -- Early works to 1800, Gardens -- Designs and plans -- Pictorial works --...
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by Waite, C. B. (Charles Betts), 1861-1927
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50 photographs in 1 album of 25 leaves : all illustrations (photographic prints) ; album 26 x 35 cm Title from cover. Title on Acquisitions receipt slip: Photo album : original black and white images from the pre-Columbian constructions in Mitla Date range from bookseller Salomon Rosenthal. Plate 1 colored. Former owner Eduard Georg Seler (December 5, 1849 - November 23, 1922) was a prominent German anthropologist, ethnohistorian, linguist, epigrapher, academic and Americanist scholar, who made...
Topics: Zapotec architecture -- Pictorial works, Zapotec Indians -- Antiquities, Mitla Site (Mexico) --...
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6 leaves of plates : all ill. ; 30 cm. Title from plate [1]. "a l'esperance avec priuil.". Plate numbering at bottom right corner of plate image.
Topics: Fountains -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800, Caves -- Pictorial works -- Early works to...
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Drawing on material in the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Photograph and Fieldwork Archives, this catalogue records two periods of work that uncovered the mosaics of Hagia Sophia, hidden by whitewash and plaster for 400 years. The photographs and drawings record the procedures used in the restoration and the results of these projects carried out in 1848–49 by the architects Gaspare and Giuseppe Fossati and later in 1931–49 by the Byzantine Institute.
Topics: Hagia Sophia, Aya Sofya, Byzantine Institute of America, Byzantine Art, Byzantine Mosaics,...
[11] leaves, [6] leaves of plates : mounted specimens ; 48 cm. Pages of text interspersed with 6 leaves containing 19 pressed specimens of grasses, each one with printed Latin botanical and English colloquial names.
Topics: Grasses -- Early works to 1800, Grasses -- Specimens, Grasses -- Great Britain -- Early works to...
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by McGuire, Diane Kostial
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The  Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks  was prepared as a resource for those charged with maintenance of the gardens following their acquisition by Harvard University in 1941. Beatrix Farrand here explains the reasoning behind her plan for each of the gardens and stipulates how each should be cared for in order that its basic character remain intact. Her resourceful suggestions for alternative plantings, her rigorous strictures concerning pruning and replacement, her exposition of the overall...
Topics: Plants, Ornamental Plants, Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Plants, Ornamental -- Catalogs and collections...
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The detailed meaning of the art of Teotihuacan remains a mystery. There are no texts coeval with its forms, and no image has been clearly or unequivocally identified in the terms intended by its maker. This volume attempts to define iconographic relationships, rather than focusing on single themes or searching for a single key to unlock all the meanings of Teotihuacan iconography. It aims for an intermediate solution by attempting to describe the whole configuration and its internal...
Topics: Indian art -- Mexico, Pre-Columbian Studies, Pre-Columbian Art, Pre-Columbian, Teotihuacán Site...
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In a literal sense, the finding of lost objects and information about them constitutes a major endeavor of archaeology and the history of art. In the case of Tancah and Tulum, their murals were in a state of decay and their very appearance as well as their contexts largely unknown. But the sense of loss in the murals does not lie in their condition or associations. Besides the recording of a lost painting tradition per se , this book strives to say something of what the Tancah–Tulum Maya said...
Topics: Maya Painting, Maya, Mexican Art, Tulum, Tancah, Mexico, Quintana Roo, Pre-Columbian, Pre-Columbian...
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by Benson, Elizabeth P.
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This study seeks to understand the meaning of a turquoise carving of a feline figure crouching behind a human being in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection. Who is the man in this turquoise piece, and what is the significance of the feline? What is the relationship between the feline and the man? Is the feline a predator attacking the man, or a protector standing behind him? Does the object represent a real event, a ceremony, a drug-induced hallucination, or a mythical or supernatural situation, or is...
Topics: Mochica art, Indian art -- Peru, Pre-Columbian Art, Pre-Columbian Studies, Pre-Columbian
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by Joralemon, Peter David
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This study of Olmec iconography includes a dictionary of Olmec motifs and symbols, a section devoted exclusively to the identification of ten gods from the Olmec pantheon, and brief speculative statements on the meaning of Olmec mythology.
Topics: Indian art -- Mexico, Olmec art, Pre-Columbian Art, Pre-Columbian, Pre-Columbian Studies,...
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p. 675-682, 803-826 ; 24 cm. Series: Annual report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, showing the operations, expenditures, and condition of the Institution for the year 1882 Contents: The Guatuso Indians of Costa Rica / by Don Leon Fernandez -- Ancient remains in White River Cañon / by R.T. Bron -- Mounds in Henry County, Iowa / by George C. Van Allen -- Report of explorations in Central America, in 1881 / by J.F. Bransford -- Abstracts from anthropological correspondence...
Topics: Guatuso Indians, Apache Indians, Iowa Indians, Indians -- Antiquities, Mounds -- Iowa, Costa Rica...
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by Webster, David L.
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Using an integrated art historical and anthropological approach, the contributors to this volume consider the House of the Bacabs as an elite Maya structure, its excavation and restoration, and its iconographic and epigraphic reconstruction and interpretation in order to establish a model for understanding Classic Maya social and political life.
Topics: Mayas -- Antiquities, Indians of Central America -- Honduras -- Antiquities, Copán Site (Honduras)...
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by Moser, Christopher L.
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Cultural anthropologists have long recognized that human beings around the world have certain basic living patterns and complexes of thoughts, beliefs, and actions in common because of the physical limitations of the human body, its needs, and its functions. The concept that the head, the heart, and other body parts contain physical and psychic powers of the owner that can be transmitted to another person when those parts are consumed or preserved is a very widespread cultural phenomenon. To...
Topics: Indians of Mexico -- Rites and ceremonies, Headhunters -- Mexico, Head -- Religious aspects,...
Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century , volume 2, part 1,  Toponymy, Monuments, Historical Geography, and Frontier Studies  is a topical study of the military, religious, and civil structures of the Ghassānids. Irfan Shahîd’s detailed study of Arab buildings of the sixth century illuminates how Byzantine provincial art and architecture were adopted and adapted by the federate Arabs for their own use. As monuments of Christian architecture, these federate structures constitute the...
Topics: Arabs -- History -- To 622, Ghassanids -- History, Monophysites -- Middle East -- History, Church...
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by Falda, Giovanni Battista, approximately 1640-1678
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21 leaves of plates : all ill. (engravings) All engravings including title page and dedication numbered in lower right hand corner of plate. Engravings nos. 3-13, 17-18 by Falda, nos. 15-16, 19-21 by Simon Felice, no. 14 unsigned, and a dedicatory drawing, no. 2, by Gio. Battista Manelli engraved by Arnoldo van Westerhout, who appeared in Rome about 1680; dedication page has title "Gli Esperidi Romani." First issued 1670. Cf. Bolaffi, Thieme-Becker.
Topics: Gardens -- Italy -- Rome -- History -- 17th century, Gardens -- Italy -- Rome -- Pictorial works --...
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by Le Moyne de Morgues, Jacques
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[10] leaves, [8] leaves of plates : vellum, all col. ill. ; 11 cm. Title supplied by cataloger. Eight miniature paintings of common fruits, flowers, butterflies and other insects, on gold grounds within brown and gold borders framed in black. Paintings are on facing leaves. First 5 and final 5 leaves are blank, except for blank leaf [9] recto which has a profile sketched in pencil with some decorative ornament drawn in surrounding space. Not contemporary with the flower drawings(?)....
Topics: Botanical illustration -- France -- Early works to 1800, Natural history illustration -- France --...
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Title page transliterated from Cyrillic. Plates signed at bottom left R.K. Zhukovskiǐ, and at bottom right M. Vergmana. Cf. Thieme-Becker XXX, p. 577.
Topics: Gardens -- Russia (Federation) -- History, Gardens -- Russia (Federation) -- Shablykino, Parks --...
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Olmec culture, which flourished in the tropical lowlands of Mexico’s Gulf coast between 1200 and 600 BCE, is today credited with developing the first civilization and first great art style of Mesoamerica. Art was an integral part of Olmec religion, has generally been known in three different forms: monumental stone carvings, including stelae, altars, colossal heads, and occasional human figures sculpted in the round; small, “portable” stone objects of fine workmanship, including figurines...
Topics: Indian art -- Mexico, Olmec art, Oxtotitlán Cave (Mexico), Pre-Columbian, Pre-Columbian Art,...
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by Nicholson, H. B. (Henry B.); Berger, Rainer
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This discussion considers the iconographic features and radiocarbon dates of two small wood figures reportedly found in the vicinity of Texcoco. One figure represents the water goddess Chalchiuhtlicue, while the other, a nude male figure, may represent a rain deity.
Topics: Aztec Art, Pre-Columbian, Pre-Columbian Art, Pre-Columbian Studies
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1 album ([39] leaves of plates) : color ill. ; 34 x 41 cm. Watercolor paintings of fruits and flowers of Asia. The drawings show mango, jumbol, coffee, tea and clove plants, plantain, jungle mangostein, custard apple, sage, watermelon, breadfruit, durien, black pepper and nutmeg, with English names faintly penciled at upper left of each image.
Topics: Fruit -- Asia -- Identification -- Pictorial works, Flowers -- Asia -- Identification -- Pictorial...
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by Silvestre, Israël, 1621-1691
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[16] leaves of plates : all ill. ; 31 cm. Title supplied by cataloger. "Avec Priual. du Roy." Eleven engravings by Perelle after drawings by I. Silvestre; one engraving lacks engraver's name [leaf 2], however, attributed to Perelle. Title page is dedicated to the Duchesse d'Aiguillon; engravings by Perelle after drawings by Israël Silvestre. Contents: [leaf 1] [Dedication sheet with typographical address] -- [leaf 2] Veuë du Chasteau de Ruel, du Costé du Jardin -- [leaf 3] Veue de...
Topics: Architecture -- France -- 17th century, Gardens -- France -- 17th century, Malmaison...
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by Carder, James N.; Lott, Linda
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This study highlights a selection of garden ornaments from Dumbarton Oaks, the Washington, D.C., estate of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss. Drawings from Beatrix Farrand’s office and excerpts from her  Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks,  combined with original period photographs, endeavor to show the stylistic sources, evolution of design, and iconography. Other works were selected that reflect an evolution of thought about the gardens and illustrate the conscious choices that were made in...
Topics: Garden Ornament, Garden Furniture, Landscape Architecture, Gardens, Dumbarton Oaks, Farrand,...
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Leaves attached to one another in a continuous fold-out (accordion or concertina fold; color illustration on only one side of leaf) bound between two covers; each leaf labelled with a view of the Bois; has the appearance of a souvenir guide book.
Topics: Parks -- France -- Paris, City and town life -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century, Bois de...
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by Coe, Michael D.; Benson, Elizabeth P.
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This classic study describes three Maya relief panels in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, and presents accurate drawings and expositions of and commentaries on their inscriptions.
Topics: Maya Art, Mayas, Maya Antiquities, Mayan Languages, Writing, Pre-Columbian Art, Pre-Columbian,...
This seriation acts as a supplement to, rather than a replacement of, John Rowe’s analysis. The primary aim here is to make the content, features, and organization of each period more explicit, so that it will be easier to make precise statements about the dating of a particular piece than was possible using Rowe's published works. While agreeing with Rowe that “it is not necessary to be able to place every piece,” the author has tried to assign more pieces to specific periods, with the...
Topics: Indian art -- Peru, Indians of South America -- Peru -- Antiquities, Chavín de Huantar (Peru),...
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by Prince, S. Fred
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20 unnumbered paintings : watercolor, color ; 40 cm Lib. has only plates: 98, 112, 116, 130, 131, 142, 156, 168, 169, 176, 187, 191, 195, 199, 204, 208, 210, 219, 222, and 225. Title on Dumbarton Oaks Research Library shelflist card and on typed list of plates insert in box: Watercolors of wild flowers of the Ozarks. Title devised by Library staff. Possibly from the author's The Rainbow in the grass : wildflowers of the Marvel Cave Ozarks. Lacking numbers are in the collections of the Oak...
Topics: Wild flowers -- Ozark Mountains, Wild flowers -- Ozark Mountains -- Identification, Wild flowers --...
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This description and iconographic analysis of an Olmec pectoral, with an early Maya figure and glyphic text incised on its reverse, offers evidence of the presence of writing in the Late Preclassic Maya Lowlands.
Topics: Maya Art, Pre-Columbian, Pre-Columbian Art, Pre-Columbian Studies, Mayas, Maya Antiquities, Mexican...
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by Quilter, Jeffrey; Hoopes, John W.
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The lands between Mesoamerica and the Central Andes are famed for the rich diversity of ancient cultures that inhabited them. Throughout this vast region, from about AD 700 until the sixteenth-century Spanish invasion, a rich and varied tradition of goldworking was practiced. The amount of gold produced and worn by native inhabitants was so great that Columbus dubbed the last New World shores he sailed as Costa Rica—the “Rich Coast.” Despite the long-recognized importance of the region in...
Topics: Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Pre-Columbian Studies, Central America, South America, Antiquities,...
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by Scott, John F. (John Fredrik)
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Scott examines the characteristics, stylistic evolution, ceramic relationships, and dating of the Danzantes figures of Monte Albán. The volume includes an illustrated catalogue of the reliefs, and an appendix discussing their petrography and pigmentation.
Topics: Indian sculpture -- Mexico -- Oaxaca, Olmec sculpture, Monte Albán Site (Mexico), Pre-Columbian...
Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century , volume 2, part 2,  Economic, Social, and Cultural History  is a topical study of Arab economic, social, and cultural history in the sixth century. Irfan Shahîd focuses on the economy of the Ghassānids and presents information on various trade routes and fairs. He reconstructs Ghassānid daily life by discussing topics as varied as music, food, medicine, the role of women, and horse racing. Shahîd concludes with an examination of cultural life,...
Topics: Arabs -- History -- To 622, Ghassanids -- History, Monophysites -- Middle East -- History, Church...
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Field discusses the distribution and possible functions of Pre-Columbian sellos. This title includes illustrations of the designs on sellos from Preclassic Tlatilco and Las Bocas as well as Postclassic Colima and Guerrero.
Topics: Indian seals (Numismatics) -- Mexico, Pre-Columbian Studies, Pre-Columbian
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by Boone, Elizabeth Hill; Cummins, Tom
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This volume consists of papers from the 1992 Dumbarton Oaks conference marking the quincentennial of Columbus's landing in the Americas. By directing their attention toward the indigenous response to the Spanish intrusion, to the cultural adjustments and negotiations it required, the editors and authors of this volume hope that a better understanding can be achieved of the cultural features that made native societies so resilient.
Topics: Aztecs, Incas, Cultural Assimilation, Social Conditions, Aztecs -- Social conditions -- Congresses,...
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There is general agreement that Mesoamerican and Central Andean peoples influenced one another to some degree before the Spanish conquest. Yet the specific participants and the exact nature of their contact is not understood. The primary purpose of this paper is to trace the origin of certain components of the Izapa style. The frequent incidence of similarity among a small group of monuments suggests fairly intense influence and, therefore, supports the belief that the Pacific coast of...
Topics: Indian art -- Mexico, Indian art -- Peru, Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities, Indians of South...
[1] leaf, 14 [i.e. 13] leaves of plates : all ill. ; 19 x 28 cm. Plate numbering at bottom right corner on image; plates numbered also in manuscript 106-119 at top right-hand corner, outside of plate. Engraved title page. Imprint date from BM, v. 214, col. 491. Captions in Latin and Dutch, below image.
Topics: Landscape gardening -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800, Rijswijk (Netherlands) -- Pictorial...
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Kubler analyzes the scenes and inscriptions of two Maya vessels, as well as discusses the development of iconographic types and themes of rulership and authority.
Topics: Mayas -- Kings and rulers, Mayan languages -- Writing, Indians of Mexico -- Languages -- Writing,...
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by Urcid, Javier
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This volume advances the understanding of the Zapotec script, one of the many different graphic systems so far identified in Mesoamerica. Zapotec writing constitutes one of the earliest scribal traditions in Mesoamerica; it also has one of the longest evolutionary trajectories. An understanding of this script and its historical development is important for elucidating the genesis of writing in Mesoamerica.
Topics: Zapotec language -- Writing, Zapotec calendar, Zapotec Indians -- Antiquities, Mexico -- Antiquities
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The ten holy women whose biographies are presented here represent a wide variety of Byzantine female saints: nuns who disguised themselves in male monastic garb; a repentant harlot who withdrew to the desert for forty-seven years of self-imposed isolation; a nun who escaped from Arab captivity to spend thirty-five years as a hermit on the abandoned island of Paros; a wonder-working abbess who slew a dragon; widows who found refuge in the ascetic life of the convent; married laywomen and a queen...
Topics: Byzantine Studies, Byzantine, Byzantine History, Church History, Christian Saints, Christian Women...
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by Baur, Johann Wilhelm, 1607-1642
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[6] leaves of plates : all ill. ; 20 x 24 cm.
Topic: Gardens -- Italy -- Early works to 1800
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61, [1]-3 leaves of plates : all engraved illustrations (some fold.) ; 59 x 71 cm. Depicts the frescoes found on the walls of The Baths of Titus at Nero's Domus Aureus (Golden House) first excavated in 1460. Carloni's beautifully rendered plates faithfully capture the ancient Roman grotesque style, which became a hallmark of Renaissance Art. Issued as the atlas/plates volume to: Carletti, Giuseppe. Le antiche camere delle terme di Tito e le loro pitture ... In Roma : Per G. Salomoni, 1776....
Topics: Mural painting and decoration -- Italy -- Rome, Mural painting and decoration -- Italy -- Tito --...
The combined Dumbarton Oaks and Fogg collection of Byzantine seals is one of the largest in the world, containing 17,000 specimens. Volume 1 in the catalogue  includes seals with place names from Italy, north of the Balkans, and north of the Black Sea. Each section begins with a short essay on the region’s history. Each seal is illustrated and is accompanied—where appropriate—by full commentary regarding the specimen’s date, biographical information on its owner, peculiarities of...
Topics: Seals, Sigillography, Byzantine Seals, Catalogs, Byzantine Studies, Byzantine History, Byzantine,...
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by Pasztory, Esther
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Pasztory discusses representations traditionally associated with the rain god Tlaloc. Two rain deities in the art of Teotihuacan are also identified: a Crocodile-Tlaloc associated with earth and water, and a Jaguar-Tlaloc associated with water, warfare, and possibly a sacrificial warrior cult.
Topics: Indians of Mexico -- Religion, Indians of Central America -- Religion, Tlaloc (Aztec deity),...
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by Taylor, Walter W. (Walter Willard)
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The lowly sandal is emblematic of the way in which archaeology’s focus on the study of past human behavior and art history's focus on objects may come together. Taylor likely would never have considered himself as conducting a project in art history, and some art historians might not consider sandals as worthy objects of study. Nonetheless, this work represents a major contribution to our understanding of the prehistory of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Careful research...
Topics: Coahuila Project (U.S.), Paleoethnobotany -- Mexico -- Coahuila (State), Cahuilla Indians --...
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by Vikan, Gary
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This pathbreaking book established late antique pilgrimage and its artifacts as an important topic of study. There were few phenomena in the history of Byzantium which mobilized more people, wealth, and artistic creativity than did pilgrimage. The story of the early Byzantine pilgrim survives in travelogues and guide books, in historical texts and theological tracts, in scores of popular legends generated by miracle-working saints, and, most palpably, in hundreds of surviving pilgrim...
Topics: Byzantine Art, Byzantine Studies, Christian Art, Pilgrims, Pilgrimages, Shrines, Christian Shrines,...
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by Townsend, Richard F.
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Townsend offers an interpretation of major examples of Mexica monumental art by identifying three interrelated iconographic themes: the conception of the universe as a sacred structure; the correspondence of the social order and the territory of the nation with the cosmic structure; and the representation of Tenochtitlan as the historically legitimate successor to the civilization of the past.
Topics: Indian art -- Mexico, Indian philosophy -- Mexico, Mexico City (Mexico) -- Antiquities,...
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Developments in garden art cannot be isolated from the social changes upon which they either depend or have some bearing. Bourgeois and Aristocratic Cultural Encounters in Garden Art, 1550–1850  offers an unparalleled opportunity to discover how complex relationships between bourgeois and aristocrats have led to developments in garden art from the Renaissance into the Industrial Revolution, irrespective of stylistic differences. These essays show how garden creation has contributed to the...
Topics: Middle Class, Social Life, Gardens, Garden Design, Garden History, Aristocracy, Landscape...
[2], 30 leaves ; 15 cm (8vo) Has been attributed to Tomás Nieto Polo. Cf. Medina. Lima, 1055.
Topics: Quechua language -- Ecuador -- Quito -- Early works to 1800, Ecuador -- Quito
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by Raymond, J. Scott; Burger, Richard L.
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No single symposium or volume could do justice to the amount of information now available on Ecuadorian prehistory. This volume and the symposium on which it was based are devoted, therefore, to the archaeology of Formative Ecuador in order to bring new information on one of the most important periods of the region’s past to the attention of New World scholars. While the volume includes two chapters on ideology and iconography, the focus is distinctly archaeological, with an emphasis on the...
Topics: Archaeology, Pre-Columbian Studies, South America, Ecuador, Antiquities, Pottery, Indians of South...
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by Young, Terence G.; Riley, Robert B.
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The prevalence and influence of “theming” increased so dramatically during the 1990s that theme parks have become a metaphor for postmodern urban life. In particular, critics apply the term “Disneyfication” to any landscape developed to communicate with several audiences, especially when that communication is an attempt to stimulate and direct consumption. While scholars have prepared numerous explorations of this phenomenon, few scholarly studies focus on the  landscapes  in   theme...
Topics: Parks, Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Amusement Parks
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This volume presents new scholarship on an important but largely unexplored topic in the field of Landscape Studies: the experience of motion through a garden or designed landscape. As Conan suggests in his introduction, human movement—circulation—takes place partly in response to, or in accordance with, the designer’s intentions.The essays span Europe, Asia, and the Americas, while covering the modern era as well as the ancient world. The diverse backgrounds and fields of specialization...
Topics: Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design
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by Maguire, Henry
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In recent years considerable attention has been given to magic in the societies of ancient Greece and Rome, of late antiquity, and of the medieval West. Much less attention, however, has been given to the phenomenon of magic in eastern Christendom during the middle ages. The papers in this volume, written by specialists in several disciplines, explore the parameters and significance of magic in Byzantine society, from the fourth century to after the empire's fall. The authors address a wide...
Topics: Byzantine Studies, Byzantine History, Magic, Religion, Christianity, Magic -- Byzantine Empire --...