Nueva publicación: New World Objects of Knowledge

Edited by Mark Thurner and Juan Pimentel

From the late fifteenth century to the present day, countless explorers, conquerors, and other agents of empire have laid siege to the New World,  plundering and pilfering its most precious artefacts and treasures. Today, these natural and cultural products—which are key to conceptualizing a history of Latin America—are scattered in museums around the world.

With contributions from a renowned set of scholars, New World Objects of Knowledge delves into the hidden histories of forty of the New World’s most iconic artifacts, from the Inca mummy to Darwin’s hummingbirds. This volume is richly illustrated with photos and sketches from the archives and museums hosting these objects. Each artifact is accompanied by a comprehensive essay covering its dynamic, often global, history and itinerary. This volume will be an indispensable catalog of New World objects and how they have helped shape our modern world

Introduction by Mark Thurner and Juan Pimentel



1 Codex Mendoza by Daniela Bleichmar

2 Macuilxochitl by Juan Pimentel

3 Potosi by Kris Lane

4 Piece of Eight by Alejandra Irigoin and Bridget Millmore

5 Pieza de Indias by Pablo Gomez

6 Rubber by Heloisa Maria Bertol Domingues and Emilie Ana Carreón Blaine

7 Silver Basin by Mariana Francozo

8 Feathered Shield by Linda Baez

9 Black by Adrian Masters

10 Cards by Jorge Canizares Esguerra

11 Mary’s Armadillo by Peter Mason

12 Mexican Portrait by Andrés Gutiérrez Usillos

13 Clay Vessel by Jorge Canizares-Esguerra

14 Singing Violin by Jorge Canizares Esguerra

15 Creole Cabinet by Juan Pimentel and Mark Thurner

16 Modern Quipu by Sabine and William Hyland

17 Memory Palaces by Jorge Canizares-Esguerra

18 Inca Mummy by Christopher Heaney

19 Xilonen by Miruna Achim

20 Machu Picchu by Amy Cox-Hall


21 Amazon by Roberto Chauca

22 Bird of Paradise by Jose Ramon Marcaida

23 Emeralds by Kris Lane

24 Pearls by Jorge Canizares Esguerra

25 Cochineal by Miruna Achim

26 Opossum by Jose Ramon Marcaida

27 Guinea Pig by Helen Cowie

28 Bezoar by Jose Pardo-Tomas

29 Cacao by Peter Mason

30 Strawberry by Elisa and Ana Sevilla

31 Volcano by Sophie Brockmann

32 Andes by Mark Thurner and Jorge Canizares-Esguerra

33 Anteater by Helen Cowie

34 Megatherium by Juan Pimentel

35 Tapir by Irina Podgorny

36 Cinchona by Matthew Crawford

37 Potato by Rebecca Earle

38 Guano by Gregory Cushman

39 Tortoise by Elizabeth Hennessey

40 Darwin’s Hummingbird by Iris Montero