Yaxchilan: The Design of a Maya Ceremonial City

Yaxchilan: The Design of a Maya Ceremonial City

by Carolyn E. Tate
     
 

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The book explores the phenomenon of art within Maya society. The author establishes a general framework of cultural practices, spiritual beliefs, and knowledge likely to have been shared by eighth-century Maya people.

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The book explores the phenomenon of art within Maya society. The author establishes a general framework of cultural practices, spiritual beliefs, and knowledge likely to have been shared by eighth-century Maya people.

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Library Journal
Among the great urban relics of the Classic Maya period, few surpass Yaxchilan in its visual expression of the notion of ritual kingship. Tate's iconographic analysis provides convincing affirmation of this complexly elaborated theme in the site's numerous relief-carved lintels, stelae, and altars. She also convincingly advances the idea that these sculptures are, in turn, part of cosmically aligned ceremonial structures. Tate develops her thesis that the monuments are an intertwined articulation of social, dynastic, and religious functions through ethnographic evidence, archaeoastronomical calculations, hieroglyphic translation, and the meticulous scrutiny of the works' visual elements and principal themes. While the sculpture requires additional consideration in purely formalistic terms, Tate has made a significant beginning in formulating a notion of the Maya aesthetic. A very important addition to advanced subject collections.--Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
Booknews
Tate catalogs all Yaxchilan's extant buildings and sculpture and then focuses on the periods A.D. 681-742 and A.D. 752-772 to interpret the cultural and aesthetic bases for art and design within Maya society. She documents her understanding of the city as both a theater for ritual activities and a nexus of public art and social structures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292739123
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
08/28/2013
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NOOK Book
File size:
38 MB
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