Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture

Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture


By (author) Andrea Stone, By (author) Marc Zender

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 239mm x 25mm | 907g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500051682
  • ISBN 13: 9780500051689
  • Sales rank: 409,815

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Presented here for the first time is a compendium of one hundred hieroglyphs that are also building blocks of ancient Maya painting and sculpture. Organized thematically, the symbols touch on many facets of the Maya world, from the natural environment animals, plants, the heavens to the metaphysical landscape of gods, myths and rituals. Using over five hundred line drawings and photographs, Andrea Stone and Marc Zender show how to identify these signs, understand their meaning, and appreciate the novel ways they appear in art. In addition to providing a clear and accessible introduction to Maya art, linguistics and writing, the authors also offer many new and exciting interpretations. Lavishly illustrated, fully cross-referenced and indexed, this remarkable and innovative guide will prove an invaluable tool for those wishing to see Maya art, perhaps for the first time, through the eyes of ancient scribes and artists.

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A unique and exciting journey into the beautiful, complex, and often strange world of Classic Maya art and thought . . . a major contribution. --Michael D. Coe