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By Mary Ellen Miller

The traditional Maya of Mesoamerica produced some of the most enduring and interesting varieties of artwork and structure on the planet. Mary Miller takes account of the main up to date archaeological discoveries and new interpretations of Mayan sculpture, ceramics, structure, work of art and fabrics, in generating a stimulating and authoritative historical past in their artwork. Chapters are prepared thematically after which chronologically.

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The visitor is left to ponder the stelae set up on Great Plaza, the tallest proportion small at the ones ever erected: they, too, the seem out of site. Rio Bee and Chenes architecture 4 1 Great towers dominate the . Xpuhil skyline, none with a Short shrift Chenes is sites, often given to the architecture of the Rio Bee and the best known among them Becan, Xpuhil, and functioning stairway but rather with stucco sculpture that only imitates a stairway a false chamber and then forms at the summit.

29 many architectural characteristics with Early Classic a much grander scale. The Lost World pyramid forms the focus of an E-group. An adjacent fourth-century strucTikal shares Uaxactun, but on ture features the talud-tablero exterior construction characteristic of distant Teotihuacan, architectural testimony to the political 16. (below) Teotihuacan-style building at Tikal (Structure 49). allegiances of the era. Interestingly enough, the Despite the arrival of must have been entirely Teotihuacanos century ad, few in workmanship proportions do not conform the fourth Maya buildings took on any visibly foreign characteristics.

Ferent solution to spacing and Each Nunnery building finds a size, culminating Building, \a hose central corbel doorway in dif- the great South becomes the quadrangle's gatevs ay. The builders of the House of the Governor took all the lessons of the Nunnery and used them what may be the single most The huge recessed corbel exceed the height of the wall up \ (left, below) The Nunnery functioned as a palace at Uxmal. with a restricted entrance through single structure, composing plan of the building suggests three individual structures, linked together by 45.

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