The Maya

The Maya

Author: Erin Aldana

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

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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.