By Megan E. O'Neil
Now shrouded in Guatemalan jungle, the traditional Maya urban of Piedras Negras flourished among the 6th and 9th centuries, while its rulers erected huge limestone sculptures carved with hieroglyphic texts and photographs of themselves and kinfolk, advisers, and captives. In Engaging historic Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala
, Megan E. O’Neil bargains new how one can comprehend those stelae, altars, and panels via exploring how historical Maya humans interacted with them.
These monuments, thought of sacred, have been one of many community’s vital kinds of cultural and non secular expression. Stelae can have held the essence of rulers they venerated, and the gadgets remained loci for reverence of these rulers when they died. utilizing quite a few evidence,O’Neil examines how the varieties, compositions, and contexts of the sculptures invited humans to interact with them and the figures they embodied appears at those monuments now not as inert bearers of pictures yet as palpable presences that existed in genuine area at particular old moments. Her research brings to the fore the fabric and affective strength of those strong gadgets that have been noticeable, touched, and manipulated within the past.
O’Neil investigates the monuments not just in the mean time in their construction but in addition in later years and indicates how they replaced through the years. She argues that the relationships between sculptures of other generations have been played in processions, by which historical Maya humans built-in old dialogues and ancestral commemoration into the landscape.
With the aid of greater than a hundred and sixty illustrations, O’Neil finds those sculptures’ carrying on with existence histories, which long ago century have integrated their fragmentation and transformation into commodities offered at the overseas paintings marketplace. laying off mild on modern day transposition and demonstrate of those historic monuments, O’Neil’s learn contributes to ongoing discussions of cultural patrimony.