Maya Art and Architecture by Mary Ellen Miller

By Mary Ellen Miller

The traditional Maya of Mesoamerica produced essentially the most enduring and exciting types of artwork and structure on the earth. Mary Miller takes account of the main updated archaeological discoveries and new interpretations of Mayan sculpture, ceramics, structure, work of art and fabrics, in generating a stimulating and authoritative historical past in their artwork. Chapters are prepared thematically after which chronologically.

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Pakal first laid out his plan complex, looking south f During the seventh century. , • , . , I , ' - Houses r ' ,, , . •'.. order, atop I louse E became 37 the center of the Palace, and its distinctive exterior to the significance of the building even when throne room was superseded within as a any other building in the Palace, it a its drew attention principal function generation, for unlike was painted white. Stylized flowers repeat with wallpaper-like regularity across the front facade, and text inside it notes that the building was called the "white great house," or sak nuk nah.

The Ballcourt intensifies the Group, placing the ballgame lies at the heart of the Principal as well at the heart of royal ritual. In recent years, archaeologists have tunneled deeper into the Copan Acropolis than has ever been attempted From before. far below Structure come evidence of what may be early fifth century, when a at a 16, a nine-level Maya the Founder's tomb, interred new site- pyramid, has lineage began to direct in the Copan to great heights. Archaeologists have nicknamed the early buildings that overlie one another like onion skins deep underground Rosalila and Margarita, and they retain much were carefully buried so as to of their elaborate ornament.

First House E anchored itself in the idiom of per- one time been its upper story, nah or council house, a popol where Hanab Pakal's lords would have gathered. From House south side, lords the back door of House E; they could also have witnessed the actions to the north from their front steps, in 25. Palenque architects both stabilized and enhanced the B's could have easily passed without notice through became the Northeast court. House what eventually C's inscribed steps relate the corbel vault by setting the heavy humiliating defeat Palenque suffered early in the seventh century; roofcomb along the central they remained load-bearing wall, possible in situ as Palenque built the evidence of its own war in the parallel corbel constructions and tribute machine around the painful memory.

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