By Rex Koontz
El Tajín, an historical Mesoamerican capital in Veracruz, Mexico, has lengthy been favorite for its attractive pyramids and ballcourts embellished with wide sculptural courses. but the city's singularity because the simply heart within the sector with one of these wealth of sculpture and wonderful 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 large 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 basic ancient transformations.
Koontz specializes in 3 significant architectural features—the Pyramid of the Niches/Central Plaza ensemble, the South Ballcourt, and the Mound of the construction Columns complex—and investigates the meanings in their sculpture and the way those meanings might were skilled via particular audiences. Koontz unearths that the iconography of El Tajín finds a lot approximately how motifs and elite rites transforming into out of the vintage interval have been transmitted to later Mesoamerican peoples because the cultures based on Teotihuacan and the Maya grew to become the myriad city-states of the Early Postclassic period.
By reexamining the iconography of sculptures lengthy within the checklist, in addition to introducing very important new monuments and contexts, Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents basically demonstrates El Tajín's various iconographic connections with different components of Mesoamerica, whereas additionally exploring its roots in an indigenous Gulf lowlands tradition whose outlines are just now rising. while, it starts off to discover a mostly overlooked nearby creative tradition of which Tajín is the crowning achievement.
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