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Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire—A Pictorial

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Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire—A Pictorial. Established in the first century BCE, Teotihuacan evolved into a major urban center, attracting a multiethnic population of 100,000 people. At its peak, around 400 CE, it was the cultural, political, economic, and religious center of ancient Mesoamerica. The art and architecture its people left behind have been objects of fascination for centuries. Yet the meaning of these powerful objects and images has remained elusive. Now recent discoveries have brought us closer to understanding the importance of this art on the citizens of Teotihuacan. This exhibition's more than 200 objects range from massive stone sculptures and evocative mural fragments to small to precious burial offerings in jade, greenstone, obsidian, and shell. Featuring images that connect the city with the gods who controlled vital elements such as water and fire, they reflect an effort by leaders to establish a dominant and unifying ideology throughout the entire city, civic spaces and apartment compounds alike. Approx. 30 images. Softcover, 40 pages.