Transistion through the abyss: archaeological interpretations of the iconographic raised-heel in classic Maya sculpture
In the past, Classic Maya dance has been defined by the proposed correlation between sculptures that feature a figure with a raised-heel and the T516 hieroglyph. The interpretation of the T516 hieroglyph as dance depends on its association to the raisedheel. However, there is reason to doubt the proposed correlation as there are spatial and temporal divisions between the two features as well as a lack of material evidence to suitably substantiate their relationship. More importantly the available material documenting the raised-heel motif in Classic Maya sculpture is suggestive of alternative interpretations to dance, warranting a reexamination of the raised-heel.
This article attempts to study the raised-heel motif in sculpture during the Late Classic in order to show commonalities in changes in its associations both spatially and temporally while providing evidence for a liminal interpretation. This Thesis sheds light not only on the interpretation of the raised-heel through archeological remains and context, but also on ideas which would have been central to the Late Classic Maya world view.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Collins, Ryan H., "Transistion through the abyss: archaeological interpretations of the iconographic raised-heel in classic Maya sculpture" (2009). HIM 1990-2015. 891.