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    Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents: The Public Sculpture of El Tajin (Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies) (Hardback) By (author) Rex Koontz


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    DescriptionEl Tajin, an ancient Mesoamerican capital in Veracruz, Mexico, has long been admired for its stunning pyramids and ballcourts decorated with extensive sculptural programs. Yet the city's singularity as the only centre in the region with such a wealth of sculpture and fine architecture has hindered attempts to place it more firmly in the context of Mesoamerican history. In "Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents", Rex Koontz undertakes the first extensive treatment of El Tajin's iconography in over thirty years, allowing us to view its imagery in the broader Mesoamerican context of rising capitals and new elites during a period of fundamental historical transformations. Koontz focuses on three major architectural features - the Pyramid of the Niches/Central Plaza ensemble, the South Ballcourt, and the Mound of the Building Columns complex - and investigates the meanings of their sculpture and how these meanings would have been experienced by specific audiences. Koontz finds that the iconography of El Tajin reveals much about how motifs and elite rites growing out of the Classic period were transmitted to later Mesoamerican peoples as the cultures centred on Teotihuacan and the Maya became the myriad city-states of the Early Postclassic period. By re-examining the iconography of sculptures long in the record, as well as introducing important new monuments and contexts, "Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents" clearly demonstrates El Tajin's numerous iconographic connections with other areas of Mesoamerica, while also exploring its roots in an indigenous Gulf lowlands culture whose outlines are only now emerging. At the same time, it begins to uncover a largely ignored regional artistic culture of which Tajin is the crowning achievement.

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    Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents
    The Public Sculpture of El Tajin
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rex Koontz
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 152
    Width: 221 mm
    Height: 284 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    ISBN 13: 9780292718999
    ISBN 10: 0292718993

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 84
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET150
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/NATAMR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 50
    BISAC V2.8: HIS028000, HIS025000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, ART026000
    B&T Approval Code: A17782400, A15603050, A02302000
    DC22: 972/.62
    LC classification: F1219.1.T2 K66 2009
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 972.62
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    DC22: 731.8097262
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    Thema V1.0: AGA, NK
    Illustrations note
    55 figures, 6 photographs, 2 maps
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    06 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "I find this book to be a superior piece of scholarship in every way." John Pohl, Peter Jay Sharp Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas, Princeton University Art Museum
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments 1. Approaching El Tajin; 2. The Pyramid of the Niches; 3. The Divine Ballcourt; 4. The Tajin Court: The Mound of the Building Columns; 5. Audiences and Deities at El Tajin Notes; Bibliography; Index