PreColumbian and Native American
New & Notable

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

18 books to browse

Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City
Land, Writing, and Native Rule

Peruvian Featherworks
Art of the Precolumbian Era

Dancing into Dreams
Maya Vase Painting of the Ik' Kingdom

The Art of Pre-Columbian Gold
The Jan Mitchell Collection

The Glassell Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Masterworks of Pre-Columbian, Indonesian, and African Gold

Transformations in Native American Art

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World

Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico

Fiery Pool
The Maya and the Mythic Sea

Dialogues in Art History, from Mesopotamian to Modern
Readings for a New Century

The Shape of Time
Remarks on the History of Things

Machu Picchu
Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas

The Modern West
American Landscapes, 1890-1950

Olmec Art and Archaeology in Mesoamerica

Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico
The Andrall E. Pearson Family Collection

The Responsive Eye
Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art

The Tainos
Rise and Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus

The Art and Architecture of Ancient America, Third Edition
The Mexican, Maya and Andean Peoples