Lords of Creation: The Origins of Sacred Maya Kingship

Lords of Creation: The Origins of Sacred Maya Kingship

by Virginia M. Fields, Dorie Reents-Budet
     
 

ISBN-10: 1857593863

ISBN-13: 9781857593860

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: Scala Publishers

Divinely sanctioned kingship is found among the ancient civilizations throughout the world. It has been a largely unexplored process in ancient Mesoamerica. Sacred kings, who played key roles in the emergence of complex urban society, first appeared among the Olmec on the Gulf Coast of Mexico around 900 BC, but the full growth of this phenomenon occurred in southern…  See more details below

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Divinely sanctioned kingship is found among the ancient civilizations throughout the world. It has been a largely unexplored process in ancient Mesoamerica. Sacred kings, who played key roles in the emergence of complex urban society, first appeared among the Olmec on the Gulf Coast of Mexico around 900 BC, but the full growth of this phenomenon occurred in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and the western Honduras among the most brilliant of the New World civilizations: the Maya. Published to accompany the exhibition at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (September 2005), the Dallas Museum of Art (February 2006) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (June 2006), this superb book documents the development of royal authority among the ancient Maya and their descendants, exploring central historical issues and seminal artworks that exemplify Maya divine kingship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857593860
Publisher:
Scala Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.92(w) x 11.78(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Preface16
Introduction : the first sacred kings of Mesoamerica20
Between heaven and earth : the cival cache and the creation of the Mesoamerican cosmos28
Olmec ideological, ritual, and symbolic contributions to the institution of classic Maya kingship30
Late preclassic expressions of authority on the Pacific slope37
The principal bird deity in preclassic and early classic art44
Preclassic architecture, ritual, and the emergence of cultural complexity : a diachronic perspective from the Belize Valley46
The creation mountains : structure 5C-2nd and late preclassic kingship52
Precincts for gods and men : the architecture of the cities of the Peten, Guatemala54
Early social complexity and kingship in the Mirador Basin60
The sacred mountain : preclassic architecture in Calakmul62
Building a dynasty : early classic kingship at Copan67
Rosalila : temple of the Sun King at Copan72
The origins of Maya writing74
Strangers in the Maya area : early classic interaction with Teotihuacan80
Dancing in the footsteps of the ancestors90
Catalogue97

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