By Rex Koontz
El Tajín, an old Mesoamerican capital in Veracruz, Mexico, has lengthy been renowned for its attractive pyramids and ballcourts adorned with large sculptural courses. but the city's singularity because the merely middle within the zone with any such wealth of sculpture and fantastic structure has hindered makes an attempt to put it extra firmly within the context of Mesoamerican heritage. In Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents, Rex Koontz undertakes the 1st vast remedy of El Tajín's iconography in over thirty years, permitting us to view its imagery within the broader Mesoamerican context of emerging capitals and new elites in the course of a interval of primary old transformations.
Koontz specializes in 3 significant architectural features—the Pyramid of the Niches/Central Plaza ensemble, the South Ballcourt, and the Mound of the development Columns complex—and investigates the meanings in their sculpture and the way those meanings might were skilled via particular audiences. Koontz reveals that the iconography of El Tajín unearths a lot approximately how motifs and elite rites growing to be out of the vintage interval have been transmitted to later Mesoamerican peoples because the cultures based on Teotihuacan and the Maya turned the myriad city-states of the Early Postclassic period.
By reexamining the iconography of sculptures lengthy within the list, in addition to introducing vital new monuments and contexts, Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents sincerely demonstrates El Tajín's a variety of iconographic connections with different parts of Mesoamerica, whereas additionally exploring its roots in an indigenous Gulf lowlands tradition whose outlines are just now rising. while, it starts to discover a principally neglected neighborhood creative tradition of which Tajín is the crowning achievement.
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