Every so often, a researcher proposes a novel way to approach a subject that has been plumbed for decades. Andrew Hamilton's book, Scale and the Incas, aspires to be such a contribution, and it largely succeeds in the effort. Writing from the perspective of art history, the author engages with the materiality, semiotics, and practices of Inca objects and architecture, providing intriguing insights and speculations throughout. The central argument of the book is that the Inca engagement with the world was relational and that the scale of the material entities involved was pivotal to those interactions. As an anthropological archaeologist specializing in the Inca Empire, I found much of interest...
Book Review| January 01 2020
Book Review: Scale and the Incas, by Andrew Hamilton
Scale and the Incas, by Andrew Hamilton.
Princeton University Press,
2018. 304 pages, 105 color and 55 b/w illus. Hardcover $65.00, e-book, $52.00. Reviewed by Terence N. D'Altroy.
Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (2020) 2 (1): 132–133.
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Terence N. D'Altroy; Book Review: Scale and the Incas, by Andrew Hamilton. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 1 January 2020; 2 (1): 132–133. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2020.210014
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