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Author Walsh, Jane MacLaren, author
Title The man who invented Aztec crystal skulls : the adventures of Eugène Boban / Jane MacLaren Walsh and Brett Topping
Imprint New York ; Oxford : Berghahn 2019
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Edition First edition
Descript xv, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-297) and index
Introduction: on the trail of crystal skulls -- Caveat emptor -- Between old world and new -- Mexico: ancient to modern -- Mexico at mid-century -- The Emperor's antiquarian-a collection takes shape -- Confronting a different Paris -- Marketing a collection -- A premier collection -- Narratives of provenance -- The Rue du Sommerard decade -- Of fakes and fakers -- From student to teacher-dealer to curator -- Good deals and bad -- Back in business -- Fingerprints on crystal skulls -- Courting the Smithsonian -- Of fakes, forgers, and frauds -- "El Tocayo's" triumph -- Later life -- Afterlife -- Epilogue
"Eugène Boban began life in humble circumstances in Paris, traveled to the California Gold Rush, and later became a recognized authority on pre-Columbian cultures. He also invented an entire category of archaeological artifact: the Aztec crystal skull. By his own admission, he successfully "palmed off" a number of these crystal skulls on the curators of Europe's leading museums. How could that happen, and who was this man? Detailed are the travels, self-education, and archaeological explorations of Eugène Boban; this book also explores the circumstances that allowed him to sell fakes to museums that would remain undetected for over a century."--Provided by publisher
Library has: First paperback edition published in 2020. FSN
Link Online version: Walsh, Jane MacLaren, author. Man who invented Aztec crystal skulls First edition. New York : Berghahn Books, [2019] 9781789200966 (DLC) 2018048818
Subject Boban, Eugène
Archaeologists -- Biography
Crystal skulls -- History
French -- Mexico -- Biography
Mexico -- Antiquities -- Forgeries
Swindlers and swindling -- Biography
Art dealers -- Biography
Archaeology -- Latin America -- Miscellanea
Latin America -- Antiquities -- Collectors and collecting -- History
Alt Author Topping, Brett, 1947- author
Alt Title Adventures of Eugène Boban
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