A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock

A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock

by Carolyn J Dean
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822348071

ISBN-13: 9780822348078

Pub. Date: 10/21/2010

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

A major contribution to both art history and Latin American studies, A Culture of Stone offers sophisticated new insights into Inka culture and the interpretation of non-Western art. Carolyn Dean focuses on rock outcrops masterfully integrated into Inka architecture, exquisitely worked masonry, and freestanding sacred rocks, explaining how certain stones

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A major contribution to both art history and Latin American studies, A Culture of Stone offers sophisticated new insights into Inka culture and the interpretation of non-Western art. Carolyn Dean focuses on rock outcrops masterfully integrated into Inka architecture, exquisitely worked masonry, and freestanding sacred rocks, explaining how certain stones took on lives of their own and played a vital role in the unfolding of Inka history. Examining the multiple uses of stone, she argues that the Inka understood building in stone as a way of ordering the chaos of unordered nature, converting untamed spaces into domesticated places, and laying claim to new territories. Dean contends that understanding what the rocks signified requires seeing them as the Inka saw them: as potentially animate, sentient, and sacred. Through careful analysis of Inka stonework, colonial-period accounts of the Inka, and contemporary ethnographic and folkloric studies of indigenous Andean culture, Dean reconstructs the relationships between stonework and other aspects of Inka life, including imperial expansion, worship, and agriculture. She also scrutinizes meanings imposed on Inka stone by the colonial Spanish and, later, by tourism and the tourist industry. A Culture of Stone is a compelling multidisciplinary argument for rethinking how we see and comprehend the Inka past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822348078
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/21/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Note on Orthography xv

Introduction

Coming to Terms with Inka Rocks 1

Chapter 1 Rock and Remembrance 25

Chapter 2 Rock and Reciprocity 65

Chapter 3 Rock and Rule 103

Chapter 4 Rock in Ruins 143

Notes 179

Glossary of Quechua Terms 255

Bibliography 257

Index 289

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