The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
Kimbell Art Museum, 1986 - 335 pages
An illustrated study of the Maya civilization, drawing from interpretations of the texts embedded in pictorial scenes or carved on stone tablets to provide the meaning of the art and architecture of the ancient culture.
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1) and Uaxactun as early as 1 50 B.C. Earlier societies in Mesoamerica had
experimented with architectural sculpture, but the medium was stone, the
technique shallow relief and the impact limited. Because the first successful Maya
Architectural sculpture and painting, as well as the stelae, face this open space.
Maya buildings functioned like huge billboards manifesting religious and political
propaganda for the elite who commissioned them. They were also great stage ...
Sculptors apparently exercised their own judgment in finishing the sculpture,
using the master drawing only as a guide, since the sculptor was a master in his
own right and finished the final surface according to his own sense of aesthetics.
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