"Secrets in Stone: Yokes, Hachas and Palmas from Southern Mesoamerica" by Edwin M. Shook and Elayne Marquis. Softcover. Like New. THE BIBLE for collectors of these stone objects. Packed with invaluable images of a variety of examples of each type. No Pre-Columbian ancient art reference library should be without this book!
Yokes, hachas and palmas are three extraordinary Pre-Columbian art forms that occur in a specific region of Mexico and Central America and apparently have no exact counterparts anywhere else. These stone objects have puzzled art historians and archaeologists since the mid-nineteenth century and much of the puzzle is yet to be solved. During the early years many fanciful attributions were given to these artifacts based solely on their shapes, from which they received their names. Although research proves that the names by which they are known have no bearing on their function, these misnomers have persisted. The practice of carving yokes, hachas and palmas originated in the state of Veracruz in Mexico where they have been fairly well documented and considered exclusive paraphernalia of the ceremonial Pre-Columbian ballgames. The focus of Secrets In Stone is on the large number of yokes, hachas and palmas Shook and Marquis documented from outside of Veracruz, in the peripheral Maya area of Southern Mesoamerica. The large corpus of data consists of 661 sculptures. The data provides new insights about their manufacture, decoration, function, chronology and distribution within Southern Mesoamerica. Secrets In Stone will be a resource for archaeologists, art historians, and students of New World antiquity. Secrets In Stone is a very highly recommended and essential benchmark publication for all private, academic, and public Mesoamerican art reference book collections.
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