Research Year: 1994
Chronology: Pre-Classic to Late Classic
Location: Guatemala, México, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador
Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period
by Dorie Reents-Budet
With contributions by Joseph W. Ball, Ronald L. Bishop, Virginia M. Fields, and Barbara MacLeod.
Photographs by Justin Kerr.
Foreword by Michael P. Mezzatesta
Foreword by Linda Schele
1. Classic Maya Pottery Painting
2. Classic Maya Pottery Painters
3. Functions of Classic Period Painted Pottery
4. The Art of Calligraphy: Image and Meaning
by Barbara MacLeod and Dorie Reents-Budet
5. Painting Styles, Workshop Locations and Pottery Production
by Dorie Reents-Budet, Ronald L. Bishop and Barbara MacLeod
6. Pictorial Themes of Classic Maya Pottery
7. Collecting Pre-Columbian Art and Preserving the Archaeological Record
Catalog of the Exhibition
by Virginia M. Fields
APPENDIX 1: Type-Variety Analysis and Masterworks of Classic Maya Polychrome Pottery
by Joseph W. Ball
Lenders to the Exhibition
Excerpt from Foreword:
"It is a rare moment and a special privilege in the life of a museum when it can offer to the public a landmark exhibition. Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period represents such a moment. Here, for the first time in a major traveling show, one of the greatest, though least appreciated, painting traditions is presented. Painted on terracotta vases and plates during the apogee of Maya civilization (550850 A.D.), these works of art represent not only one of the high points of pre-Columbian art but also one of the most distinguished schools of world painting. The extraordinary artistic quality and the rich and complex historical, mythical and cosmological allusions depicted on these vessels represent a cultural achievement paralleled only by Greek vase painting."
by Michael P. Mezzatesta, Director, Duke University Museum of Art
Publication available from Duke University Press © 1994
In association with Duke University Museum of Art
ISBN 0-8223-1434-7 ISBN 8223-1438-X (pbk.)
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Submitted 12/01/2003 by:
Michael P. Mezzatesta