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The art of urbanism : how Mesoamerican kingdoms represented themselves in architecture and imagery

The Art of Urbanism explores how the royal courts of powerful Mesoamerican centers represented their kingdoms in architectural, iconographic, and cosmological terms. Through an investigation of the ecological contexts and environmental opportunities of urban centers, the contributors consider how ancient Mesoamerican cities defined themselves and reflected upon their physicalâe"and metaphysicalâe"place via their built environment. Themes in the volume include the ways in which a kingdomâe(tm)s public monuments were fashioned to reflect geographic space, patron gods, and mythology, and how the Olmec, Maya, Mexica, Zapotecs, and others sought to center their world through architectural monuments and public art. This collection of papers addresses how communities leveraged their environment and built upon their cultural and historical roots as well as the ways that the performance of calendrical rituals and other public events tied individuals and communities to both urban centers and hinterlands. Twenty-three scholars from archaeology, anthropology, art history, and religious studies contribute new data and new perspectives to the understanding of ancient Mesoamericansâe(tm) own view of their spectacular urban and ritual centers--Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2009
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection ; Distributed by Harvard University Press, Washington, D.C., [Cambridge, Mass.], 2009
Conference papers and proceedings
viii, 480 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 27 cm.
9780884023449, 9780884023784, 0884023443, 0884023788
Introduction / William L. Fash and Leonardo López Luján
Early Olmec architecture and imagery / Ann Cyphers and Anna Di Castro
People of the Cerro : landscape, settlement, and art at middle formative period Chalcatzingo / David C. Grove and Susan D. Gillespie
How Monte Albán represented itself / Joyce Marcus
Centering the kingdom, centering the king : Maya creation and legitimation at San Bartolo / William A. Saturno
Cholula : art and architecture of an archetypal city / Gabriela Uruñuela y Ladrón de Guevara, Patricia Plunket Nagoda, and Amparo Robles Salmerón
A mountain god in Teotihuacan art / Zoltán Paulinyi
The House of New Fire at Teotihuacan and its legacy in Mesoamerica / William L. Fash, Alexandre Tokovinine, and Barbara W. Fash
Watery places and urban foundations depicted in Maya art and architecture / Barbara W. Fash
Social identity and cosmology at El Tajín / Rex Koontz
Four hundred years of settlement and cultural continuity in epiclassic and early postclassic Tula / Alba Guadalupe Mastache, Dan M. Healan, and Robert H. Cobean
The face of the Itzas / William M. Ringle and George J. Bey III
The Mexica in Tula and Tula in Mexico-Tenochtitlan / Leonardo López Luján and Alfredo López Austin
Configuration of the sacred precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan / Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
Summary: Cities as cosmological art : the art of politics / Davíd Carrasco
Contains the results of the Dumbarton Oaks 2005 Pre-Columbian Symposium held at the Museo del Templo Mayor in Mexico City