Maya iconography / Elizabeth P. Benson and Gillett G. Griffin, editors.

First edition.
  • Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1988]
  • ©1988
1 online resource (398 pages)


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A landmark work on the iconography of one of the world's great civilizationsThis book presents foundational work on Maya iconography from leading practitioners in fields ranging from archaeology, anthropology, and art history to linguistics, astronomy, photography, and medicine. The period discussed runs from the last centuries B.C. through the great Maya Classic period, with some discussion of later eras and of regions outside the Maya area. Featuring an incisive introduction by Elizabeth Benson and Gillett Griffin, Maya Iconography demonstrates how Maya beliefs developed over time and makes important connections between Preclassic and Classic iconography.The contributors are John Carlson, Michael Coe, David Freidel, Donald Hales, Norman Hammond, Nicholas Hellmuth, John Justeson, Barbara Kerr, Justin Kerr, Mary Ellen Miller, William Norman, Lee Parsons, Francis Robicsek, Linda Schele, David Stuart, and Karl Taube.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • Cover
  • Half-title
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Introduction
  • 1. Proto-Maya Aspects of Miraflores-Arenal Monumental Stone Sculpture from Kaminaljuyu and the Southern Pacific Coast
  • 2. Symbol and Power: A History of the Lowland Maya Cosmogram
  • 3. The Pomona Flare: A Preclassic Maya Hieroglyphic Text
  • 4. Early Maya Iconography on an Incised Cylindrical Tripod
  • 5. Blood Symbolism in Maya Iconography
  • 6. Ideology of the Maya Tomb
  • 7. Some Observations on Maya Vase Painters
  • 8. A Ceramic Codex Fragment: The Sacrifice of Xbalanque
  • 9. Skyband Representations in Classic Maya Vase Painting
  • 10. The Xibalba Shuffle: A Dance after Death
  • 11. The Boys in the Bonampak Band
  • 12. A Study of Classic Maya Scaffold Sacrifice
  • Bibliography
  • Index.
  • 10.1515/9780691264943
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