Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya / Edition 1

Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya / Edition 1

by Marry Miller, Mary Ellen Miller, Simon Martin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0500051291

ISBN-13: 9780500051290

Pub. Date: 03/19/2004

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

The most recent archaeological discoveries and a host of dramatic illustrations illuminate royal life at the court of the ancient Maya.Maya artistic expression during the second half of the first millennium reached the highest peaks of opulence and cultural refinement in the New World. Living in a tropical rain forest, supported by a society of astonishing…  See more details below

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The most recent archaeological discoveries and a host of dramatic illustrations illuminate royal life at the court of the ancient Maya.Maya artistic expression during the second half of the first millennium reached the highest peaks of opulence and cultural refinement in the New World. Living in a tropical rain forest, supported by a society of astonishing wealth and complexity, the ancient Maya kings and queens commissioned extraordinary works of art and architecture in order to memorialize themselves and to ensure their place in history. Seated on thrones of jaguar pelt, rulers contemplated the social, religious, and political affairs of their kingdom while a coterie of dwarves, hunchbacks, scribes, singers, actors, fan bearers, and drummers catered to their every need. Supplicants of lordly favor brought lavish gifts and tribute, cloth and shells, beads and cacao. From one generation to another, nobles began to take on additional titles, providing an ever more refined notion of courtly rights and responsibilities, rankings and rituals. Published to accompany a touring exhibition, this groundbreaking book gathers together the latest research into Maya civilization and hundreds of illustrations to illuminate their achievements. Nowhere is this more spectacularly revealed than at Palenque, but the courtly world becomes more tangible to us too from works found at Tonina, Yaxchilan, Bonampak, and Copan, among other places. Ceramic censers, stucco heads, jade masks, terra-cotta figurines, incised wood boxes, great carved limestone lintels—the range of objects is astounding, and they have been drawn together from major collections in the Americas, Europe, and Australia. 328 illustrations, 233 in color. With contributions by: Guillermo Bernal Romero • Michael D. Coe • Martha Cuevas García • Beatriz de la Fuente • Héctor L. Escobedo • Roberto García Moll • Arnoldo González Cruz • Stephen D. Houston • Roberto López Bravo • Diana Magaloni • Julia C. Miller • Alfonso Morales • Merle Greene Robertson • David Stuart • Teresa Uriarte

Author Biography: Mary Miller is Professor of the History of Art at Yale University; her many books include The Art of Mesoamerica. Simon Martin is Research Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the co-author of Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens. Kathleen Berrin is Curator in Charge of Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500051290
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
03/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewords6
Introduction12
Ch. 1Life at the Maya Court16
Ch. 2The Divine Models of Courtly Culture50
Ch. 3Women at Court92
Ch. 4Word and Image in the Maya Court120
Ch. 5The Court of War162
Ch. 6Palenque: An Exemplary Maya Court198
Ch. 7New Discoveries and Personal Accounts in the Maya West238
Gods of the Scribes and Artists239
Dressed Lords and Ladies242
The Multiple of Languages of a Single Relief244
The Techniques of the Palenque Sculptors247
Technique, Color, and Art of Bonampak250
The Cult of Patron and Ancestor Gods in Censers at Palenque253
State and Domestic Cult in Palenque Censer Stands256
The Discoveries in Temple 19, Palenque259
History, Mythology, and Royal Legitimization at Palenque's Temple 19261
The Throne Panel of Temple 21 at Palenque264
Shield Jaguar and Structure 23 at Yaxchilan268
The Acropolis of Piedras Negas: Portrait of a Court Systems271
Tales from the Crypt: The Burial Place of Ruler 4, Piedras Negras277
Notes281
Select Bibliography285
Glossary291
Guide to Spelling and Transliteration295
List of Lenders296
Authors and Contributors297
Acknowledments298
Illustration Credits299
Index300

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