By Mary Ellen Miller
The traditional Maya of Mesoamerica produced essentially the most enduring and interesting varieties of paintings and structure on the earth. Mary Miller takes account of the main up to date archaeological discoveries and new interpretations of Mayan sculpture, ceramics, structure, work of art and fabrics, in generating a stimulating and authoritative background in their artwork. Chapters are prepared thematically after which chronologically.
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