Intersubjectivity in Inka Visual Culture

Author(s): Carolyn Dean

Year: 2016


The Inka of western South America, who reached the height of their power in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, identified certain rocks as sharing many characteristics with human beings. Such rocks were sentient and some of them had the ability to speak and move. Some rocks were said to eat and drink the foods and liquids humans eat and drink, dress in human clothing, and speak Runasimi, the language spoken by the Inka. The Inka, in recognizing the sentience of certain rocks, practiced intersubjectivity. Their intersubjectivity, in turn, requires modern interpreters of Inka visual culture to re-think traditional art historical dichotomies such as subjects and objects.

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Intersubjectivity in Inka Visual Culture. Carolyn Dean. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 402942)


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Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;