Mary Miller vividly takes the reader into the art of one of the world's most enigmatic ancient civilizations.
"The ancient Maya have left an incomparable wealth, and this book attempts to frame ways to see this remarkable trove," explains Miller (art history, Yale), who takes an innovative approach to her subject by asking some fundamental art-historical questions. Addressing more the "whats" than the "whys," she seeks to organize Maya art afresh, in a way that will benefit students and those with a general interest in the subject. She also details new archaeological discoveries in Copan, Tikal, and Palenque, as well as recent decipherments of Maya writing. Part of the "World of Art" series, which provides the widest available range of books on art in all its aspects, this high-quality, illustrated, indexed, and inexpensive trade paperback is recommended for public and academic libraries, and specialized collections.--Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.