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The Life Within
Classic Maya and the Matter of Permanence

Stephen Houston

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.


In this first full study of the nature of Maya materials and animism, renowned Mayanist scholar Stephen Houston provides startling insights into ...

2014   208 pp.  43 color + 72 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300196023  $50.00 sc
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18 books to browse

Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City
Land, Writing, and Native Rule
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Peruvian Featherworks
Art of the Precolumbian Era
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Dancing into Dreams
Maya Vase Painting of the Ik' Kingdom
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The Art of Pre-Columbian Gold
The Jan Mitchell Collection
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The Glassell Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Masterworks of Pre-Columbian, Indonesian, and African Gold
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Transformations in Native American Art
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Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World
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Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico
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Fiery Pool
The Maya and the Mythic Sea
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Dialogues in Art History, from Mesopotamian to Modern
Readings for a New Century
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The Shape of Time
Remarks on the History of Things
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Machu Picchu
Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
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The Modern West
American Landscapes, 1890-1950
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Olmec Art and Archaeology in Mesoamerica
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Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico
The Andrall E. Pearson Family Collection
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The Responsive Eye
Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art
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The Tainos
Rise and Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus
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The Art and Architecture of Ancient America, Third Edition
The Mexican, Maya and Andean Peoples
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