Santiago de Chile: Empresas CMPC; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 2005. map, color plates, port. on rice paper, glos., color pict. wrps. Item #88204
Native silver, regarded from ancient times as "moon tears" fallen to earth, has mythical significance in the Andean world. The exquisite study of the collection of Jaqueline Domeyko Cassel of Mapuche silver formed over many years of travel and study is a major addition to the literature. The Mapuche see silver jewelry not as a craft, but as a bridge to the universe of their imagination, to the intimate and intangible world of ancestral belief. The book attempts to make clear the true roll , dimensions, and value of Mapuche silver jewelry, emphasizing research into the multi-faceted nature of the art, and throwing light on the knowledge hidden in its forms and images. This is the abbreviated catalogue of the larger bilingual edition. Spanish language only.