A superb complete set of the original watercolor and gouache drawings by Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias for one of his popular ethnographic books. The book, The Eagle, the Jaguar, and the Serpent. Indian Art of the Americas. North America: Alaska, Canada, the United States, was published by Knopf in 1954. The 15 drawings in this collection were the basis for the 12 color plates in the book. The vivid illustrations include an Eskimo mask, a Tlingit bone mask, California feather mosaic baskets, Hopi katchinas, Navajo blankets and sand-painting, a Crow medicine shield, and others objects. The book also included black-and-white text vignettes by the artist, maps, and photographs. A copy of the book is included with the lot.
Miguel Covarrubias (1904–1957) first came to fame in the United States for his delightful caricatures done for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, in the 1920s. He later distinguished himself as an author and artist of anthropological and ethnographic subjects, most notably those of Mexico and Bali.