By Matthew G. Looper
The historic Maya urban of Quirigua occupied a crossroads among Copan within the southeastern Maya highlands and the main facilities of the Peten heartland. notwithstanding consistently a comparatively small urban, Quirigua stands proud due to its public monuments, that have been many of the maximum achievements of vintage Maya civilization. outstanding not just for his or her vast measurement, excessive sculptural caliber, and eloquent hieroglyphic texts, the sculptures of Quirigua also are one of many few entire, in situ sequence of Maya monuments at any place, which makes them a very important resource of knowledge approximately historic Maya spirituality and political perform inside of a particular old context.
Using epigraphic, iconographic, and stylistic analyses, this learn 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. particularly, Matthew Looper specializes in the position of stelae and different sculpture in representing the personality of the ruler not just as a political authority but in addition as a manifestation of assorted supernatural entities with whom he was once linked via ritual functionality. via tracing this sculptural software from its Early vintage beginnings during the reigns of K'ak' Tiliw and his successors, and likewise via linking it to practices at Copan, Looper deals very important new insights into the politico-religious historical past of Quirigua and its ties to different vintage Maya facilities, the function of kingship in Maya society, and the advance of Maya art.