Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art

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Edited by Joanne Pillsbury, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, and James A. Doyle with contributions by Iyaxel Cojti Ren, Caitlin C. Earley, Stephen D. Houston, and Daniel Salazar Lama

Focusing on the period between A.D. 250 and 900, Lives of the Gods reveals that ancient Maya artists evoked a pantheon as rich and complex as the more familiar Greco-Roman, Hindu-Buddhist, and Egyptian deities. The authors show how this powerful cosmology informed some of the greatest creative achievements of Maya civilization, represented here from the monumental to the miniature through more than 140 works in jade, stone, and clay. Thematic chapters supported by new scholarship on recent archaeological discoveries detail the different types of gods and their domains, the role of the divine in the lives of the ancient Maya, and the continuation of these traditions from the colonial period through the present day.

Joanne Pillsbury is Andrall E. Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University and Curator at the Yale Peabody Museum. James A. Doyle is Associate Research Professor and Director of the Matson Museum of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University, State College.

Edited by Joanne Pillsbury, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, and James A. Doyle with contributions by Iyaxel Cojti Ren, Caitlin C. Earley, Stephen D. Houston, and Daniel Salazar Lama

Focusing on the period between A.D. 250 and 900, Lives of the Gods reveals that ancient Maya artists evoked a pantheon as rich and complex as the more familiar Greco-Roman, Hindu-Buddhist, and Egyptian deities. The authors show how this powerful cosmology informed some of the greatest creative achievements of Maya civilization, represented here from the monumental to the miniature through more than 140 works in jade, stone, and clay. Thematic chapters supported by new scholarship on recent archaeological discoveries detail the different types of gods and their domains, the role of the divine in the lives of...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Editor: Joanne Pillsbury, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, and James A. Doyle
  • Pages: 244
  • Illustrations: 190
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 9" x 11"
  • ISBN: 9781588397317
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