Teotihuacan: Art from the City of the Gods

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Library Journal
Easily accessible from Mexico City and endlessly frequented, the ruins of the Pre-Columbian metropolis of Teotihuacan have articulated only some of their secrets. On the occasion of an unprecedented exhibition, this useful volume provides a handsomely illustrated, suitably described, and well-selected sampling from the city's painting, sculpture, and ceramic traditions. Complementing the catalog is a mixed bag of essays that are intended to introduce the serious lay reader to the current state of Teotihuacan scholarship. Among the most compelling are a provocative effort not only to describe the city's growth but also to reconstruct its ``history'' and editor Pasztory's penetrating reading of the distinctive formal and iconological qualities of its art. Also included are a summary of recent archaeological work at the site, an overview of the perplexing problem of the ``writing'' system, and a most tenuous thesis concerning the city's role in the history of the sacred calendar. An essential addition to collections concerned with the art and archaeology of Mesoamerica.-- Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500277676
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/25/1994
  • Edition description: 1st pbk. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 10
Envisioning a City
The Place Where Time Began: An Archaeologist's Interpretation of What Happened in Teotihuacan History 16
Teotihuacan Unmasked: A View through Art 44
The Role of Teotihuacan in Mesoamerican Archaeology 64
Unknown Treasures: The Unexpected in Teotihuacan Art 74
Uncovering the Past
Daily Life in the Teotihuacan Apartment Compounds 90
Human Sacrifice at the Temple of the Feathered Serpent: Recent Discoveries at Teotihuacan 100
Funerary Practices and Human Sacrifice in Teotihuacan Burials 108
What We Still Don't Know about Teotihuacan 116
Beyond Teotihuacan
Symbols, Signs, and Writing Systems 128
The Age of Teotihuacan and its Mission Abroad 140
Teotihuacan and Its Mexican Legacy 156
Catalogue of Objects 167
Bibliography 279
Index 285
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