By Rex Koontz
El Tajín, an historic Mesoamerican capital in Veracruz, Mexico, has lengthy been fashionable for its attractive pyramids and ballcourts embellished with large sculptural courses. but the city's singularity because the merely middle within the zone with any such wealth of sculpture and high quality structure has hindered makes an attempt to put it extra firmly within the context of Mesoamerican historical past. In Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents, Rex Koontz undertakes the 1st wide therapy 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 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 could were skilled via particular audiences. Koontz unearths that the iconography of El Tajín finds 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 very important new monuments and contexts, Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents in actual fact demonstrates El Tajín's a variety of iconographic connections with different components of Mesoamerica, whereas additionally exploring its roots in an indigenous Gulf lowlands tradition whose outlines are just now rising. whilst, it starts to discover a principally overlooked nearby inventive tradition of which Tajín is the crowning achievement.
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