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Insignia of Rank in the Nahua World: From the Fifteenth to the Seventeenth Century

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 “Justyna Olko provides nothing less than a rigorous and exhaustive analysis of every component of dress, jewelry, and other ornamentation worn by adorning indigenous men and women, be they native rulers (tlatoque), members of the nobility (principales), bureaucratic functionaries, or soldiers. This level of detail enables her to assign a cultural reference point for numerous figures—a reference point that includes indicators such as rank and social status and the specific identity of local aristocracies, or, in the cases of a dual identity, the one that is intended to stand out at a certain time or to grace a particular occasion. These aspects of native culture, as drawn out by Olko, have often been ignored or overlooked, precisely because the field has lacked a comprehensive study such as hers to consult . . . [W]ith this book, Justyna Olko has become an unqualified master of the tlacuilolli.”  —María Castañeda de la Paz

In this significant work, Olko reconstructs the repertory of insignia of rank and the contexts and symbolic meanings of their use, along with their original terminology, among the Nahuatl-speaking communities of Mesoamerica from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. In this interpretive study and handy reference, Olko engages with and builds upon extensive worldwide scholarship and skillfully illuminates this complex topic, creating a vital contribution to the fields of pre-Columbian and colonial Mexican studies. Insignia of Rank in the Nahua World substantially expands and elaborates the themes of Olko’s Turquoise Diadems and Staffs of Office: Elite Costume and Insignia of Power in Aztec and Early Colonial Mexico, originally published in Poland and never released in North America.

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This significant work reconstructs the repertory of insignia of rank and the contexts and symbolic meanings of their use, along with their original terminology, among the Nahuatl-speaking communities of Mesoamerica from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Attributes of rank carried profound symbolic meaning, encoding subtle messages about political and social status, ethnic and gender identity, regional origin, individual and community history, and claims to privilege.

Olko engages with and builds upon extensive worldwide scholarship and skillfully illuminates this complex topic, creating a vital contribution to the fields of pre-Columbian and colonial Mexican studies. It is the first book to integrate pre- and post-contact perspectives, uniting concepts and epochs usually studied separately. A wealth of illustrations accompanies the contextual analysis and provides essential depth to this critical work. Insignia of Rank in the Nahua World substantially expands and elaborates on the themes of Olko's Turquoise Diadems and Staffs of Office, originally published in Poland and never released in North America.

About the Author

 Justyna Olko is an associate professor at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Liberales,” University of Warsaw.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607322405
Author:
Olko, Justyna
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
80 BandW photographs, 55 line drawings,
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 19 up to 99

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This significant work reconstructs the repertory of insignia of rank and the contexts and symbolic meanings of their use, along with their original terminology, among the Nahuatl-speaking communities of Mesoamerica from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Attributes of rank carried profound symbolic meaning, encoding subtle messages about political and social status, ethnic and gender identity, regional origin, individual and community history, and claims to privilege.

Olko engages with and builds upon extensive worldwide scholarship and skillfully illuminates this complex topic, creating a vital contribution to the fields of pre-Columbian and colonial Mexican studies. It is the first book to integrate pre- and post-contact perspectives, uniting concepts and epochs usually studied separately. A wealth of illustrations accompanies the contextual analysis and provides essential depth to this critical work. Insignia of Rank in the Nahua World substantially expands and elaborates on the themes of Olko's Turquoise Diadems and Staffs of Office, originally published in Poland and never released in North America.

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