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Ancient Stone Sculptures: In Search of the Mexica Past  

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
This chapter discusses the Mexica monumental sculptures uncovered in downtown Mexico City during the late eighteenth century, including the Coatlicue and Tlaltecuhtli sculptures, and the ... More

Animate Shadows of Bears and Giants  

Kevin Conti and William Walker

This chapter explores the performance of light and shadows in two ancestral Pueblo rock art sites in southeast Utah. These sites possess anthropomorphic rock faces and modified features to ... More

Art for the Living  

J. D. Lewis-Williams

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Apr 2014
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Oct 2013
This article outlines the development of approaches to modern human behaviour and, especially, Upper Palaeolithic art. It argues that researchers should not focus on intelligence to the exclusion of ... More

Art in the Aztec Empire  

Emily Umberger

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
Archaeological remains testify to the spread of goods and ideas over broad areas of Mesoamerica at different times throughout its prehispanic history. However, most material expansions are ... More

Art of the Classic Period  

Rex Koontz

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
The Mesoamerican Classic period (ca. 250–900 ad ) is characterized by the expansion of urban elite artistic cultures across the region. The basic characteristics of Classic-period elite ... More

Aztec Art after the Conquest and in Museums Abroad  

Ray Hernández Durán

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Following the Spanish Conquest, responses to Aztec art were varied. While architecture and many sacred sculptures were demolished and their material remains recycled into new construction, ... More

Aztec Art, Time, and Cosmovisión  

William Barnes

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Aztec religion and the Central Mexican divinatory calendar were intrinsically linked. Focusing on the Aztec conception of art and artists, this chapter presents an overview of how art ... More

Aztec Lapidaries  

Cynthia L. Otis Charlton and Alejandro Pastrana

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Objects of Aztec lapidary work carry great visual impact in contrast to their relatively scarce actual numbers. A combination of historical documents and modern locational techniques has ... More

Aztec Pictography and Painted Histories  

Elizabeth Hill Boone

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
The Aztecs recorded knowledge and wrote down the historical events of their past in painted books, now called codices, in which historical information was encoded in a pictographic writing ... More

Bodies Revealed: X-ray Art in Western Arnhem Land  

Luke Taylor

This chapter examines X-ray art in western Arnhem Land in northern Australia, considering how relatively contemporary artists used it to enrich the meaning of their work. After discussing ... More

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