Space and Sculpture in the Classic Maya City

Space and Sculpture in the Classic Maya City

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In this book, Alexander Parmington examines how images, texts and architectural form controlled and channelled movement of particular sets of people through various precincts in Classic Maya cities. Using Palenque as a case study, this book analyses specific building groups and corresponding sculptures to provide insight into the hierarchical distribution and use of ritual and administrative space in temple and palace architecture. Identifying which spaces were the most accessible and most public, and which spaces were segregated and highly private, Dr Parmington demonstrates how sculptural, iconographic and hieroglyphic content varies considerably when found in public/common or private/elite space. Drawing on specific examples from the Classic Maya and other early civilisations, he demonstrates that by examining the intent in the distribution of architecture and art, the variation and function of the artistic themes represented in sculpture and other monumental works of art can be better understood.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 288 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 115 b/w illus. 1 map 67 tables
  • 1139142704
  • 9781139142700

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Defining the Maya built environment; 2. Investigative considerations and methodology; 3. Access analysis of the Palenque cross group and its sculpture; 4. Architectural and sculptural programs of the Palenque Palace Group; 5. Access analysis of the architectural and sculptural programs of the Palenque Palace Group; 6. Access analysis of Maya art and architecture, summary and conclusions.
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About Alexander Parmington

Alexander Parmington is an archaeologist and heritage consultant at the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc. in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked extensively in Australia, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. He has contributed articles to several journals and organizations, including Mexicon, the Minesterio de Cultura y Deportes, the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia and the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies.
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