By Matthew G. Looper
The old Maya urban of Quirigua occupied a crossroads among Copan within the southeastern Maya highlands and the key facilities of the Peten heartland. notwithstanding continuously a comparatively small urban, Quirigua sticks out due to its public monuments, that have been the various maximum achievements of vintage Maya civilization. amazing not just for his or her great dimension, excessive sculptural caliber, and eloquent hieroglyphic texts, the sculptures of Quirigua also are one of many few whole, in situ sequence of Maya monuments at any place, which makes them a very important resource of data approximately historic Maya spirituality and political perform inside a selected old context.
Using epigraphic, iconographic, and stylistic analyses, this examine explores the built-in political-religious meanings of Quirigua's huge sculptures through the eighth-century A.D. reign of the city's most famed ruler, K'ak' Tiliw. particularly, Matthew Looper specializes in the function of stelae and different sculpture in representing the personality of the ruler not just as a political authority but in addition as a manifestation of varied supernatural entities with whom he was once linked via ritual functionality. by means of tracing this sculptural software from its Early vintage beginnings in the course of the reigns of K'ak' Tiliw and his successors, and likewise via linking it to practices at Copan, Looper bargains vital new insights into the politico-religious historical past of Quirigua and its ties to different vintage Maya facilities, the position of kingship in Maya society, and the improvement of Maya art.
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Lightning Warrior: Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies) by Matthew G. Looper