arh 301, 02.07.08

arh 301, 02.07.08 - performance La Venta Stela 2 and...

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02/07/08 Map of Mesoamerica (part 2) Middle Formative La Venta: 900-600 BC Right after San Lorenzo fell, La Venta started to rise (reasons unclear) -Pyramids appearing Natural Modeling: The natural world providing a model for human made construction -i.e. the “pyramid” looks at mountains/volcanos Plan of La Venta (images available on blackboard) -Access gets more and more restricted as you move deeper into the courtyard -Buried deep below the mosaics is a massive deposit of (over 1000 bricks) of serpentine (solid green stone) that weighed tons, about 28 layers deep -each layer carefully laid, with a layer of sand in between each layer of serpentine -giant quincunx symbol depicted as mosaic Central Court Mosaic: -design (quincunx) missing the central axis mundi: also showed a lot of erosion (unlike the others) -the ruler would probably stand in the middle and act as the axis mundi, maybe a sort of theatre
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Unformatted text preview: performance La Venta Stela 2 and quincunx imagery in headdress of ruler Stela = upright stone Kafra & La Venta Stela 2 are both statements of divine kingship La Venta Offering 4 cache or “sacred deposit”-the Stela is just a giant celt, they’re mini little statues found buried beneath the mosaic La Venta Altar 4 (throne)-axis mundi only one of the metaphors that ruler’s used to promote their supernatural authority-the notion of a cave as an entrance to another world-ruler is leaning forward so he is part-way out and part-way in the cave-building his political authority on a supernatural basis (divine sanction)-jaguar face, and giant open mouth (entering the supernatural is like entering the jaguar’s mouth -dangerous)...
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