On the Mount of the Intertwined Serpents
The Pictorial History of Power, Rule, and Land on Lienzo Seler II
Herausgeber: Viola König
Lienzo Seler II or Coixtlahuaca II is a complex pictographic document on cotton cloth measuring 383 by 442 cm. It was produced during the sixteenth century in the Northern Mixteca region in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. In her introduction (I), Elizabeth Hill Boone introduces the document: "Some decades after the Spanish conquest of Mexico and at a time when colonial rule was continuing to spread throughout the land, an indigenous lord of the city of Coixtlahuaca in Southern Mexico commissioned a large and visually stunning pictorial history. Its purpose was to recount the deep past of his noble lineage, demonstrate a long and unbroken continuity of rule, and define Coixtlahuaca’s territory in the present with an eye toward the future. By retelling the story of past greatness, the history would validate the ruler’s political rights and reaffirm control of ancestral lands." Contributions by Elizabeth Hill Boone, Bas van Doesburg, Maria Gaida, Viola König, Stephen A. Kowalewski, Silvia Marten, Mónica Pacheco Silva, John M. D. Pohl, Ina Reiche, Carlos Rincón Mautner, Araceli Rojas Martínez Gracida. Including one poster.
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- 21,5 x 28 cm
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