By Rex Koontz
El Tajín, an old Mesoamerican capital in Veracruz, Mexico, has lengthy been well-known for its beautiful pyramids and ballcourts embellished with vast sculptural courses. but the city's singularity because the in basic terms middle within the sector with this kind of wealth of sculpture and fantastic structure has hindered makes an attempt to put it extra firmly within the context of Mesoamerican background. In Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents, Rex Koontz undertakes the 1st large remedy of El Tajín's iconography in over thirty years, permitting us to view its imagery within the broader Mesoamerican context of emerging capitals and new elites in the course of a interval of primary historic transformations.
Koontz specializes in 3 significant architectural features—the Pyramid of the Niches/Central Plaza ensemble, the South Ballcourt, and the Mound of the construction Columns complex—and investigates the meanings in their sculpture and the way those meanings might were skilled by way of particular audiences. Koontz unearths that the iconography of El Tajín finds a lot approximately how motifs and elite rites becoming out of the vintage interval have been transmitted to later Mesoamerican peoples because the cultures based on Teotihuacan and the Maya grew to become the myriad city-states of the Early Postclassic period.
By reexamining the iconography of sculptures lengthy within the list, in addition to introducing vital new monuments and contexts, Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents basically demonstrates El Tajín's quite a few iconographic connections with different components of Mesoamerica, whereas additionally exploring its roots in an indigenous Gulf lowlands tradition whose outlines are just now rising. while, it starts to discover a principally missed nearby creative tradition of which Tajín is the crowning achievement.