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Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire

Exhibition catalogue for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Principal photography by Jorge Pérez de Lara Elías
Maps by Hillary Olcott

From the FAMSF:
Published to accompany a major exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire features essays by leading archaeologists and researchers who have studied this site. Lavish photographs of more than two hundred artifacts not only illustrate these experts’ captivating interpretations of Teotihuacano life, but also stand alone as bold and colorful remnants of a remarkable civilization. These finely crafted works of art demonstrate how the city’s dominant ideology permeated everyday spaces, uniting a diverse population. As this volume reveals, they functioned in support of the city itself as a symbolic re-creation of the universe. Fire and water were the vital, essential forces that both powered and threatened the city through their presence or absence. The art of Teotihuacan represents, on a fundamental level, manifestations of these and other natural forces and the beings and rituals designed to bring them into cosmic balance

444 pages
9.5 x 12 inches