Art and Writing in the Maya Cities, AD 600-800: A Poetics of Line

Art and Writing in the Maya Cities, AD 600-800: A Poetics of Line

by Adam Herring
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521842468

ISBN-13: 9780521842464

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Art and Writing in the Maya Cities, AD 600–800 examines an important aspect of the visual cultures of the ancient Maya in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. During a critical period of cultural evolution, artistic production changed significantly, as calligraphy became an increasingly important formal element in Maya aesthetics and was used

Overview

Art and Writing in the Maya Cities, AD 600–800 examines an important aspect of the visual cultures of the ancient Maya in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. During a critical period of cultural evolution, artistic production changed significantly, as calligraphy became an increasingly important formal element in Maya aesthetics and was used extensively in monumental building, sculptural programs and small-scale utilitarian objects. Adam Herring's study analyzes art works, visual programs, and cultural sites of memory, providing an anthropologically-informed description of ancient Maya culture, vision, and artistic practice. An inquiry into the contexts and perceptions of the ancient Maya city, his book melds epigraphic and iconographic methodologies with the critical tradition of art-historical interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521842464
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

1. Yuknoom's stare, the beholder's share; 2. Gesture and speech; 3. In the realm of the senses; 4. Piedras Negras: capital city, canted landscape; Epilogue: signatures of sociability.

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