Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks

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Based on the comprehensive study of one of the most important collections of Maya art in the United States, Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks is a scholarly introduction to one of the great traditions of sculpture and painting in ancient America. Assembled by Robert Woods Bliss between 1935 and 1962, the collection is historically important, as it was one of the first to be established on the basis of aesthetic criteria. The catalogue, written by leading international scholars of Maya archaeology, art history, ...
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Overview

Based on the comprehensive study of one of the most important collections of Maya art in the United States, Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks is a scholarly introduction to one of the great traditions of sculpture and painting in ancient America. Assembled by Robert Woods Bliss between 1935 and 1962, the collection is historically important, as it was one of the first to be established on the basis of aesthetic criteria. The catalogue, written by leading international scholars of Maya archaeology, art history, and writing, contains detailed analyses of specific works of art along with thematic essays situating these works within the broader context of Maya culture. Monumental panels, finely worked jade ornaments, exquisitely painted ceramic vessels, and other objects-most created in the first millennium ce-are presented in full color and analyzed in light of recent breakthroughs in understanding their creation, function, and deeper meaning in Maya ritual and history. Individual essays address the history of the Dumbarton Oaks collection; Maya culture, history, and myth; and Maya aesthetics. They also study specific materials (including jade, shell, and fine ceramics) and their meanings. Scholarly yet accessible, this volume provides a detailed introduction to Maya art and culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884023753
  • Publisher: Harvard
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Series: Pre-Columbian Art at Dumbarton Oaks , #4
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Pillsbury is Andrall E. Pearson Curator in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Miriam Doutriaux is an exhibition associate for the Pre-Columbian Collection at Dumbarton Oaks.

Reiko Ishihara-Brito is a postdoctoral associate in the Pre-Columbian Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks.

Alexandre Tokovinine is Research Associate at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.

Barbara Arroyo is Coordinator of the Kaminaljuyu Archaeological Zone at Dirección General del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural, Guatemala.

Ronald L. Bishop is curator, Mexican and Central American Archaeology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

John E. Clark is Professor of Anthropology at Brigham Young University.

Barbara W. Fash is Director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.

Virginia Fields is Senior Curator, Art of the Ancient Americas at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Stephen D. Houston is Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University.

Dorie Reents-Budet is Curator, Arts of the Ancient Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Gene L. Titmus is a research associate in Primitive Techonology at the Herrett Center of the College of Southern Idaho.

Loa P. Traxler is Andrew W. Mellon Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Adrián Velázquez Castro is an archaeologist at the Museo del Templo Mayor, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico City.

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