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.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 920 g
Dimensions: 232 x 181 x 25 mm
'Densely informative, brilliantly illustrated guide to the interpretation of the hieroglyphs in Maya art' - Andrew Robinson, Current World Archaeology
'This pioneering book is a unique and exciting journey into the beautiful, complex, and often strange world of Classic Maya art and thought .... it is a major contribution to the study of a great, but disappeared, New World civilization' - Michael D. Coe, author of `The Maya'
'A vivid, up-to-the-minute exploration of the entwined nature of Maya art and writing. Lavishly illustrated, it offers a visual dictionary to a lost world of representation and meaning' - Simon Martin, author of 'Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens'