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Art of the Maya Maya: 2000 BC Maya art is considered by many to be the most sophisticated and beautiful of the ancient New World.

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1 Art of the Maya Maya: 2000 BC Maya art is considered by many to be the most sophisticated and beautiful of the ancient New World

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3 Maya Art Depicts: Gods Great Rulers Heroes Religious Themes Daily Life

4 The Maya used natural materials to make their colors Minerals Plants Charcoal Iron – Rich Clay

5 Maya Painting

6 Maya Murals Maya Paintings on Plaster

7 Most Maya pottery was decorated with: Images of humans Animals Mythological creatures. Maya Pottery God being born from a seed

8 Clay and pigment Bowl, Jaguar in Motion decorates the outside of the Bowl Codex style vase

9 Vessel in the shape of an old man emerging from a snail shell Maya Late Classic ( A.D.) Unknown Burnished and painted clay

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11 Maya Sculpture Stone Wood Stucco Jade

12 Jade Mask Giant Stone Head Weighs 24 tons

13 A ballplayer in the act of hitting a ball with his hip and the text recounts the date of dedication of the ball court it was set in.

14 A small Maya stone sculpture used as an instrument to pound meats, nuts, and seeds

15 A reconstruction of the main temple at Copan clearly demonstrating how all Maya temples were brightly colored originally

16 A detail of the Dresden Codex, one of only 6 Maya codices, or painted books, to survive the Conquest

17 A page from the Madrid Codex

18 Mayan Hieroglyphics


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