Over 40 beautiful renderings of Maya designs found on building facades, painted vases, designs drawn from architectural sculpture and other monumental carvings, murals, illustrated books (codexes), and miscellaneous artifacts. Brief introduction to Maya design, captions, identification of gods and legends. The ancient Maya civilization flourished for many centuries—from before the birth of Christ until the Spanish Conquest—in Guatemala, Honduras, and adjoining parts of Mexico. This handsome volume contains over 40 beautiful renderings of Maya designs found on building facades, lintels, and bas-relief plaques; on painted vases and other ceramics, ball-court markers, funerary vases, stelae (stone markers); designs drawn from architectural sculpture and other monumental carvings, murals, illustrated books (codexes), and miscellaneous artifacts.
Wilson G. Turner, an artist/archaeologist engaged in research on Maya hieroglyphs, has carefully rendered each design from authentic pieces in museums, private collections, and at original sites in Guatemala and Mexico. He has also supplied a brief introduction to Maya design and captions for each plate, including the latest estimates of date, with identification of gods, legends, and other information.
Artists, designers, and illustrators will find Maya Designs a rich source of graphic ideas and inspiration—useful for myriad projects. Colorists will enjoy bringing their own conceptions of color and tone to these ancient motifs. Dover (1980) original publication.
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A. P. Maudslay Altar Angeles County Museum artifacts bar and dots bas-relief bird bowl of maize British Museum captions captive carved centers ceramic Chiapas Chichén Itzá color Copán costume depicts designs detail Dresden Codex entwined facade figure front funerary G º glyphs green Guatemala Harvard University headdress held the ashes Honduras illustrations Inscriptions inset Itzam jaguar Kabah left to right Leiden lintel Los Angeles County Madrid Codex maize and fish marker masks Maya civilization Mexican Mexico murals Museo Museum of Art º º original ornamental Palenque panel Peabody Museum period Petén pieces Plaque priest protrude rain god Chac read from left reassembled remaining Maya books represented ruins sculpture serpent shown skull small drawing small picture ſº stela stone symbols Temple three remaining Maya throne Tikal Toltec turquoise two-headed vase Water lilies Yaxchilán yellow Yucatán