The old Maya urban of Quirigua occupied a crossroads among Copan within the southeastern Maya highlands and the foremost facilities of the Peten heartland. although continuously a comparatively small urban, Quirigua sticks out as a result of its public monuments, that have been a few of the maximum achievements of vintage Maya civilization. remarkable not just for his or her great measurement, excessive sculptural caliber, and eloquent hieroglyphic texts, the sculptures of Quirigua also are one of many few whole, in situ sequence of Maya monuments wherever, which makes them a very important resource of data approximately historic Maya spirituality and political perform inside of a selected old context.
Using epigraphic, iconographic, and stylistic analyses, this research explores the built-in political-religious meanings of Quirigua's huge sculptures through the eighth-century A.D. reign of the city's most renowned ruler, K'ak' Tiliw. specifically, Matthew Looper specializes in the position of stelae and different sculpture in representing the character of the ruler not just as a political authority but in addition as a manifestation of assorted supernatural entities with whom he used to be linked via ritual functionality. by means of tracing this sculptural software from its Early vintage beginnings throughout the reigns of K'ak' Tiliw and his successors, and in addition through linking it to practices at Copan, Looper deals very important new insights into the politico-religious background of Quirigua and its ties to different vintage Maya facilities, the position of kingship in Maya society, and the advance of Maya art.
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