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The Life Within

Classic Maya and the Matter of Permanence


Συγγραφέας: Houston Stephen
Εκδότης: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300196023
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 208
Διαστάσεις: 26x2x21
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2014

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "The Life Within"

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 a Pre-Columbian worldview that dramatically contrasts with western perspectives. Illustrated with more than one hundred photographs, images, and drawings, this beautifully written book reveals the Maya quest for transcendence in the face of inevitable death and decay.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Houston Stephen
ISBN: 9780300196023
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 02/05/2014
Εκδότης: Yale University Press
Εξώφυλλο: Hardback
Σελίδες: 208
Τόπος έκδοσης: New Haven
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 1006 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 26x2x21 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: 43 color + 72 b-w illus.

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