Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

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Chapter 1. Approaching El Taj

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pp. 1-13

El Tajín was an ancient capital of an extensive lowland Mesoamerican realm in the latter half of the first millennium AD . The site is perhaps best known for its elegant niched architecture, which is found in profusion in the pyramids and other structures that formed the city’s monumental core. First among these other structures were masonry ballcourts for the playing of the Mesoamerican rubber...

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Chapter 2. The Pyramid of the Niches

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pp. 15-35

As the earliest explorers did, we begin our investigation of the public sculpture of Tajín with the Pyramid of the Niches, and for good reason: Tajin’s most important, widely accessible public space may be found in the adjoining Central Plaza, at the foot of the Pyramid of the Niches (Fig. 2.1). Not only is this space at the heart of the monumental core, but it is also one of the largest public spaces found anywhere at the site. Other large public ensembles of architecture...

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Chapter 3. The Divine Ballcourt

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pp. 37-68

The lower monumental center of El Taj

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Chapter 4. The Taj

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pp. 69-104

The Mound of the Building Columns is situated at the top of the rise that defines the northern edge of the ceremonial center (Fig. 1.2). The entry to this complex of buildings and plazas contained a colonnade decorated with elaborate narrative scenes. The iconography of those scenes, which is the chief subject of this chapter,...

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Chapter 5. Audiences and Deities at El Taj

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pp. 105-115

On one level, complex narrative imagery like that found at El Taj

Notes

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pp. 117-121

Bibliography

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pp. 123-133

Index

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pp. 135-141