Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya

Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya

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Baker & Taylor
A showcase of the breathtaking art of an ancient people features hundreds of illustrations that, combined with the latest research into and archaeological discoveries about Maya society, demonstrates the complexity and artistic genius of this legendary culture.

Norton Pub
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 lintelsthe 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 Garcia Beatriz de la Fuente Hector L. Escobedo Roberto Garcia Moll Arnoldo Gonzalez Cruz Stephen D. Houston Roberto Lapez Bravo Diana Magaloni Julia C. Miller Alfonso Morales Merle Greene Robertson David Stuart Teresa Uriarte

Book News
This lavishly illustrated, oversize (10x11) catalogue was published to accompany a major exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in 2004 and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco in 2004-2005. Six substantial essays by Miller (art history, Yale U.) and Martin (U. of Pennsylvania) commence the volume, each illustrated with drawings and accompanied by color plates of works from the exhibition with full catalogue entries. Among the topics of the essays are Palenque as an exemplary Maya court, the Maya at war, the role of women at the court, the relation of word and image in Mayan art, aspects of daily life at the court, and divine models. The volume concludes with 13 accounts of specific sites by archaeologists who have worked there. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Written by leading authorities and including thirteen personal accounts of the latest ground-breaking research, Courtly Arts of the Ancient Maya examines the royal courts and their art in unprecedented depth. Color photographs and specially commissioned drawings reveal a dazzling array of objects that still have the power to engage and astonish observers centuries after their creation.
The book investigates the rise in the importance of the court, its mythical backdrop, the role of women and the place of warfare. The works of artists and scribes - ceramic censers, stucco heads, jade masks, terracotta figurines, stone boxes, and great carved limestone lintels - bring alive the form, texture, and color of their vanished world.

Publisher: [San Francisco] : Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ; New York : Thames & Hudson, 2004
ISBN: 9780500051290
Branch Call Number: 769.72 MILLE
Characteristics: 304 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 29 cm
Notes: "Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 4 April-25 July 2004; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 4 September 2004-2 January 2005"--Title page verso


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