Andrew James Hamilton's new book, Scale and the Incas, begins by situating scale—and assumptions concerning its interpretation—as not only inevitably relational but also socially constructed. This process is made more precarious by a move from the ancient past to the present, as in the case of the opening discussion, which ranges from the Andes to Harvard's Peabody Museum. Hamilton focuses in particular on the creation of reduced-scale objects as a persistent practice throughout the Andean world but notes that scale was not necessarily manipulated or understood in the same ways throughout that world. Scale was what he terms a “recursive mode of expression” (6), one that linked...
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Book Review| March 01 2020
Review: Scale and the Incas, by Andrew James Hamilton
Andrew James Hamilton
Scale and the Incas
Princeton University Press,
2018, 304 pp., 105 color and 55 b/w illus. $65 (cloth), ISBN 9780691172736
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2020) 79 (1): 103–104.
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Julia Guernsey; Review: Scale and the Incas, by Andrew James Hamilton. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 March 2020; 79 (1): 103–104. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2020.79.1.103
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