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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781857593860
  • Publisher: Scala Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.92 (w) x 11.78 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 16
Introduction : the first sacred kings of Mesoamerica 20
Between heaven and earth : the cival cache and the creation of the Mesoamerican cosmos 28
Olmec ideological, ritual, and symbolic contributions to the institution of classic Maya kingship 30
Late preclassic expressions of authority on the Pacific slope 37
The principal bird deity in preclassic and early classic art 44
Preclassic architecture, ritual, and the emergence of cultural complexity : a diachronic perspective from the Belize Valley 46
The creation mountains : structure 5C-2nd and late preclassic kingship 52
Precincts for gods and men : the architecture of the cities of the Peten, Guatemala 54
Early social complexity and kingship in the Mirador Basin 60
The sacred mountain : preclassic architecture in Calakmul 62
Building a dynasty : early classic kingship at Copan 67
Rosalila : temple of the Sun King at Copan 72
The origins of Maya writing 74
Strangers in the Maya area : early classic interaction with Teotihuacan 80
Dancing in the footsteps of the ancestors 90
Catalogue 97
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    The Finest Book on Mayan Royalty and Its Influences on Culture

    Few museum exhibitions have garnered as much conversation and genuine interest in history as the current LACMA sensitively curated exploration LORDS OF CREATION: The Origins of Sacred Mayan Kinship. This book is termed a catalogue, but in fact it not only enhances the magnificence of this exhibition and the importance of this aspect of Mesoamerican history, it also provides wholly readable essays by a gifted staff of writers that assures this volume will become a part of every school library. The concept of kings divinely sanctioned is not unique to the Mayans: such lineage was also found in Egypt, Asia, Europe and Africa. But here the authors (Virginia M. Fields and Dorie Reents-Budet) follow the sacred kings on the Gulf Coast of Mexico from 900 BC through the gradual dispersion of those influences on the flowering of the Mayan civilization in southern Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala - that extraordinary and rich civilization that is even today not fully appreciated. The extant religious ceremonies of the Mayan descendents are reviewed and their connection to the ancient rites is discussed through examples of archeological findings of art and mysterious fragments and evidences of a 'kingdom' ruled by those able to directly intercede between man and gods. The result is a lavishly beautiful collection of images and an immensely readable text. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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