Picture of Life Within

Life Within

Classic Maya and the Matter of Permanence
by Stephen Houston

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Pub Date: 2014
Format: Hardback
Pages: 195 pp.
Size: 10.00 x 8.00 inches

ISBN: 9780300196023
TB Code: 1705171
Availability: 23 in stock

For the Classic Maya, who flourished in and around the Yucatan peninsula in the first millennium AD, artistic materials were endowed with an internal life. Far from being inert substances, jade, flint, obsidian, and wood held a vital essence, agency, and even personality. To work with these materials was to coax their life into full expression and to engage in witty play. Writing, too, could shift from hieroglyphic signs into vibrant glyphs that sprouted torsos, hands, and feet. Appearing to sing, grapple, and feed, they effectively blurred the distinction between text and image.