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Mesoamerican Inscriptions: Izapa Stela 5, La Mojarra Stela 1, Wagner Murals, Tuxtla Statuette, Stone of Tizoc, Stone of Motecuhzoma I

Mesoamerican Inscriptions: Izapa Stela 5, La Mojarra Stela 1, Wagner Murals, Tuxtla Statuette, Stone of Tizoc, Stone of Motecuhzoma I

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Chapters: Izapa Stela 5, La Mojarra Stela 1, Wagner Murals, Tuxtla Statuette, Stone of Tizoc, Stone of Motecuhzoma I. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 26. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Izapa Stela 5 is one of a number of large, carved stelae found in the ancient Mesoamerican site of Izapa, in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, Mexico along the present-day Guatemalan border. These stelae date from roughly 300 BCE to 50 or 100 BCE, although some argue for dates as late as 250 CE. Also known as the "Tree of Life" stone, the complex religious imagery of Izapa Stela 5 has led to different theories and speculations concerning its subject matter, particularly those involving Pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact. Though discovered and documented first in the 1930s, the stone is particularly noteworthy because of the controversy created by the proposition by Professor M. Wells Jakeman in 1953 that the stone was a record of the Book of Mormon tree of life vision. Documented by Smithsonian archaeologist Matthew W. Stirling in 1941, Stela 5 is composed of volcanic andesite and weighs around one-and-a-half tons. Stela 5 presents the most complex imagery of all the stelae at Izapa. Researcher Garth Norman, for example, has counted "at least 12" human figures, a dozen animals, over 25 botanical or inanimate objects, and 9 stylized deity masks. Like much of Izapan monumental sculpture, the subject matter of Stela 5 is considered mythological and religious in nature and is executed with a stylized opulence. Given the multiple overlapping scenes, it appears to be a narrative. Mainstream Mesoamerican researchers identify the central image as a Mesoamerican world tree, connecting the sky above and the water or underworld below. Linda Schele and Mary Ellen Miller further propose that the stela records... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=2375076