Moteuczoma’s Fame in Three Dimensions: Sign, Speech and Portrait in Tenochtitlan

Wed. November 13, 12 pm - 1 pm

Please joins us Wednesday, November 13 @ noon in the DFA 4.104 ( inside the Fine Arts Library) for the fifth lecture of our series: "Moteuczoma’s Fame in Three Dimensions: Sign, Speech and Portrait in Tenochtitlan" by Dr. Patrick Hajovsky.

Moteuczoma’s Fame in Three Dimensions: Sign, Speech and Portrait in Tenochtitlan
Two Nahuatl terms for fame—mahuizotl (literally, ‘fearsomeness’) and tenyotl (literally, ‘lipness’)—serve as a guide to understand sculptural representations of the Mexica-Aztec king Moteuczoma (r. 1502-20). His name hieroglyph appears on eight stone sculptures, and it incorporates almost as many qualifying elements and speech iconographies; sometimes it even appears with an iconic portrait. The name glyph is located on various sculptural forms and on different surfaces (including the underside of one), thus evoking complex notions of personhood and publicity. In different ways across the sculptures, the name and speech signs comment upon his unique power of command, both as a political agent and as a mediator to the gods.

Patrick Hajovsky is Assistant Professor of Art History at Southwestern University, where he has been teaching pre-Columbian and colonial Latin American art since 2009. He is the author of an upcoming book with UT Press (due in 2015), tentatively titled Moteuczoma, On the Lips of Others: Sculpture, Ritual and Fame in Tenochtitlan.
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