Reading Maya Art (Hardcover)

A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture

By Andrea Stone, Marc Zender

Thames & Hudson, 9780500051689, 248pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

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Presented here for the first time is a compendium of one hundred hieroglyphs that are also the 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 mental landscape of gods, myths, and rituals. Using hundreds of 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 basic introduction, the authors also offer many new and exciting interpretations.