Hidden Faces of the Maya

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Utilizing recent scientific advances and superb photography, this book reveals the hidden Maya in a wholly different light: knowledge unavailable even a few years ago.

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Among the most exquisite artistic achievements of the pre-Columbian Maya are their ceramic figurines. Particularly associated with sites at Jaina, Palenque, and Jonuta, these elegantly realistic yet modestly scaled works provide an extraordinary insight into Maya society, religion, and funerary practice. Perez de Lara's numerous and striking color photographs and the informative text of the recently deceased, preeminent Mayanist Schele come together to create a lucid if not completely balanced introduction to these superb objects. The main thrusts of Schele's concise, thematic essays are informed identifications of the figurines, garments, and accouterments and discussions of the iconographic significance. By contrast, the works are only haphazardly provenanced, and Schele rarely considers stylistic qualities, chronological locus, or attributional problems. This volume is nevertheless both visually and intellectually the best jumping-off point for this wondrous material. Well recommended for art and archaeology collections. [For more on Maya culture, see Martin Brennan's The Hidden Maya and John Major Jenkins's Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, reviewed on p. 95.?Ed.]?Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New Yor.
-?Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
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