"Art historian Carolyn Tate presents, in a well-organized and amply illustrated two-part format, a holistic treatment of a single archaeological site - the great ancient Maya city of Yaxchilan... This is the most successful attempt to relate [art and architecture] within a Maya site that I have seen." - Ethnohistory
Tate catalogs all Yaxchilan's extant buildings and sculpture and then focuses on the periods A.D. 681-742 and A.D. 752-772 to interpret the cultural and aesthetic bases for art and design within Maya society. She documents her understanding of the city as both a theater for ritual activities and a nexus of public art and social structures. Annotati
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