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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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Notes on "Mayan Art and Architecture"

Terms to Know

Roof Comb

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

Corbel Vaults

The simplest type of vault, involving step support systems.


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


An artistic likeness of an individual.


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

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.


A stone coffin, often decorated with sculpture.


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.



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;