By Mary Ellen Miller
The traditional Maya of Mesoamerica produced essentially the most enduring and fascinating kinds of paintings and structure on this planet. Mary Miller takes account of the main updated archaeological discoveries and new interpretations of Mayan sculpture, ceramics, structure, work of art and fabrics, in generating a stimulating and authoritative background in their paintings. Chapters are prepared thematically after which chronologically.
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The Temple eternity, in of Inscriptions tomb chamber was designed for ways different from any known Maya construction: instead of the usual wood, the cross-ties are stone (a material with- out the tensile strength wooden cross-ties provide) and stone tube, or "psychoduct," as archaeologists have called nects the tomb a small it, to the stuccoes at the top, following carefully con- along the staircase edge. Probably for generations after Palenque itself \\ 1 as abandoned, Maya memory may have lanab Pakal was hidden within Like Tikal's distinct levels.
Despite their inviting appearance, gal- leried structures that face the plaza prevent access to private courtyards within, and the only access was carefully limited by the large eastern palace. Beds and thrones provide evidence that the king and a large retinue lived there, with centralized food prepara- tion facilities set on the south slope of the acropolis. Starting in the seventh century, Tikal kings initiated along the causeways six unusual architectural configurations that are referred to today as Twin Pyramid Complexes.
These towers tombs at their base, may well be funerary prohibited in this region, along with the public Hochob, more than 1 00 km (60 miles) Wits doorways, but no towers, What is form its at least monument. to the north, features the in characteristic most striking about Hochob preserved building, for tives monuments with but perhaps the true pyramidal shrine was also is Chenes the roofcomb of best- two courses of standing bound cap- framework. The symbolic mountain, then, by chains of human fashion.