New Book from Dr. Julia Guernsey
Fri. April 20
"Sculpture and Social Dynamics in Pre-classic Mesoamerica Book" is the forthcoming book from Dr. Julia Guernsey, Associate Professor of The Department of Art and Art History.
The book, by Cambridge University Press, examines the functions of sculpture during the Preclassic period in Mesoamerica and its significance in statements of social identity. Julia Guernsey situates the origins and evolution of monumental stone sculpture within a broader social and political context and demonstrates the role that such sculpture played in creating and institutionalizing social hierarchies.
Dr. Guernsey's book focuses specifically on an enigmatic type of public, monumental sculpture known as the "potbelly" that traces its antecedents to earlier, small domestic ritual objects and ceramic figurines.