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The Maya

The Maya

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will explore the art and architecture of the Maya.
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Key Terms

Corbel Vaults

The simplest type of vault, involving step support elements.

Roof Comb

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


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


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.


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


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.


A stone coffin, often decorated with sculpture.

Image Credits

Map of the Maya region, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mayaruins_maps1.JPG, Temple of the Inscriptions, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Temple_of_the_Inscriptions.jpg, Portrait head of Pacal, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PakalImage1.jpg, Lid of Pacal’s sarcophagus, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pakal_the_Great_tomb_lid.png,  Tikal Temple 1, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tikal_Temple1_2006_08_11.JPG, Interior of Temple IV at Tikal, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Interior,_Templo_IV,_Tikal_1957.jpg, Interior of Royal residence, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flickr_-_archer10_(Dennis)_-_Guatemala-1664.jpg, Tikal Stele 31, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tikal_Stela_31.jpg, Maya codex style vase, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maya_Codex-Style_Vessel_with_two_scenes_1_Kimbell.jpg, Maya codex style vase, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maya_Codex-Style_Vessel_with_two_scenes_4_Kimbell.jpg