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Mayan Art and Architecture

Mayan Art and Architecture

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore the art and architecture of the Maya.

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Image of Temple I, Tikal, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tikal_Temple1_2006_08_11.JPG; Image of Stele 31, Tikal, Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tikal_Stela_31.jpg; Image of Temple of the Inscriptions, Palenque, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Temple_of_the_Inscriptions.jpg; Image of Sarcophagus Lid from Tomb of Pacal, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pacal_the_Great_tomb_lid.svg; Image of Portrait of Pacal, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PakalImage1.jpg;

Terms to Know
  • Apotheosis

    The elevation of a person to the status of a god, often seen in ancient Rome in portraits of emperors and busts of deceased family members.

  • Corbel Vaults

    The simplest type of vault, involving step support systems.

  • Hieroglyphs

    A form of writing that uses pictures and symbols to represent syllables and entire words or concepts.

  • Portraiture

    An artistic likeness of an individual.

  • Relief Sculpture

    A sculpture technique that uses a process of cutting into a flat surface i.e. wood, stone or material, by chiseling or gouging.

  • Roof Comb

    The construction that tops a pyramid in monumental Mesoamerican architecture decorated with iconography of the Mayan culture.

  • Sarcophagus

    A stone coffin, often decorated with sculpture.

  • Stele

    A slab of stone or terra-cotta, usually oblong, carved.