Lords of the Ancient Andes
A Thames & Hudson book
145 of the most sumptuous
and culturally significant Wari
objects from collections in the
United States, Peru, and Europe,
and published to accompany
the first exhibition in North
America of their startlingly
An eminent ancestor of the better-known Inca, the Wari ascended to power
in the south-central highlands of Peru in about AD 600, underwent a brief
period of incandescently explosive growth, and then, by AD 1000, collapsed.
Elite arts and the ideologies that informed them were among the Wari’s
most prominent exports. From their capital, one of the largest archaeological
sites in South America, they sent their religion along with elaborate objects
and textiles out to highland provincial centers hundreds of miles to the
north and south, and down into populous Pacific coastal areas to the west.
The arts were crucial to the Wari’s political, economic, and religious
communications: like other ancient Andean peoples, they did not write.
The objects featured here cover the full range of Wari arts: elaborate
textiles, which probably were at the core of their value systems; sophisticated
ceramics of various styles; exquisite personal ornaments made of gold,
silver, shell, or bone and often inlaid with precious materials; carved wood
containers; and other works in stone and fiber.
- November 2012
- 10 × 11.6 in
/ 304 pages
- Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.