Dr. Rex Koontz


About Dr. Rex Koontz

Dr. Rex Koontz is Contributing Editor for Pre-Columbian art in Mesoamerica. Rex is an art historian who works in the museum collections and archaeological sites of Mexico. He has written extensively on the ancient history of Mexico, including the recent Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents: The Public Sculpture of El Tajin (2009, University of Texas Press). He is also the author (with Michael Coe) of Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, the standard English introduction to the history of Ancient Mexico. He was recently one of three North Americans asked to contribute to the celebration of Mexico’s Bicentenary at the National Museum of Anthropology and History, Mexico City. He is currently Professor of Art History and Director of the School of Art, University of Houston.


Votive Adze "Kunz Axe" (detail)
In spite its name, this jade figure was a ritual object and never used as an axe.

Kunz Axe (Olmec)




Tlatilco
Playful figurines, including plump pigs and canine companions, represent scenes of daily life and nature.

Tlatilco Figurines