Memory Landscapes of the Inka Carved Outcrops

Memory Landscapes of the Inka Carved Outcrops

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Memory Landscapes of the Inka Carved Outcrops by Jessica Joyce Christie

Memory Landscapes of the Inka Carved Outcrops: From Past to Present presents a comprehensive analysis of the carved rocks the Inka created in the Andean highlands during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. It provides an overview of Inka history, a detailed analysis of the techniques and styles of carving, and five comprehensive case studies. It opens in the Inka capital, Cusco, one of the two locations where the geometric style of Inka carving was authored by the ninth ruler Pachakuti Inka Yupanki. The following chapters move to the origin places on the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca and at Pumaurqu, southwest of Cusco, where the Inka constructed the emergence of the first members of their dynasty from sacred rock outcrops. The final case studies focus upon the royal estates of Machu Picchu and Chinchero. Machu Picchu is the second site where Pachakuti appears to have authored the geometric style. Chinchero was built by his son, Thupa Inka Yupanki, who adopted his father’s strategy of rock carving and associated political messages.

The methodology used in this book reconstructs relational networks between the sculpted outcrops, the land and people and examines how such networks have changed over time. The primary focus documents the specific political context of Inka carved rocks expanded into the performance of a stone ideology, which set Inka stone cults decidedly apart from earlier and later agricultural as well as ritual uses of empowered stones. When the Inka state formed in the mid-fifteenth century, carved rocks were used to mark local territories in and around Cusco. In the process of imperial expansion, selected outcrops were sculpted in peripheral regions to map Inka presence and showcase the cultivated and ordered geography of the state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498517737
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 09/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jessica Joyce Christie is an associate professor at the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University.

Table of Contents

Dedication
List of Figures
Introduction: Background, Purpose, Methodologies, and Findings, Source Materials
Chapter 1: Formal and Structural Analysis of Inka Carved Rocks
Carving Techniques
Pre-Inka Roots of Stone Carving and Rock Art
The Formal Elements of Inka Carved Rocks:
Structural Features Associated with Carved Rocks
Chapter 2: Carved Rocks on the Cusco Zeq’e Lines
Groundwork
Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks – Appearance, Experience, and Perception Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks – Essence, Imagination, and Stone Ideology
Summary
Chapter 3: The Birthplace of the Sun, Moon and the Inka Ancestors on the Island of the Sun and the Southern Basin of Lake Titicaca
Groundwork
Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks – Appearance, Experience, and Perception Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks –Essence, Imagination, and Stone Ideology
Chapter 4: Inka Pacariqtambo – A Landscape of Power Relations through Time
Groundwork
Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks –Appearance, Essence, and Perception
Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks –Essence, Imagination, and Stone Ideology
Chapter 5: Machu Picchu
Royal Estates
Machu Picchu
Groundwork
Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks – Appearance, Experience, and Perception
Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks – Essence, Imagination, and Stone Ideology
Conclusions
Chapter 6: Chinchero
Groundwork
Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks –Appearance, Experience, and Perception
Inka Landscape and Carved Rocks –Essence, Imagination, and Stone Ideology
Conclusions
Chapter 7: Discussion and Conclusions
Major Results of this Investigation
Relations with Stony Places Constructed in the Contemporary
National and Global Worlds
Conclusions
Afterword
References

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