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Constructing Power and Place in Mesoamerica: Pre-Hispanic Paintings from Three Regions

Edited by Merideth Paxton
Edited by Leticia Staines Cicero

Identities of power and place, as expressed in paintings from the periods before and after the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica, are the subject of this book of case studies from Central Mexico, Oaxaca, and the Maya area. These sophisticated, skillfully rendered images occur with architecture, in manuscripts, on large pieces of cloth, and on ceramics.


Merideth Paxton is a research associate in the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of The Cosmos of the Yucatec Maya: Cycles and Steps from the Madrid Codex (UNM Press) and the coeditor of Texto, imagen e identidad en la pintura maya prehispánica.

Leticia Staines Cicero is a researcher in pre-Hispanic art at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas. She participates in the “La pintura mural prehispánica en México” project and is the coordinator of the volumes dedicated to Maya murals.

8.5 x 11 in. 264 pages 72 drawings, 55 halftones, 9 maps, 9 tables