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Mayan Art: Fascinating Creations

By: Sybille

Mayan art is undoubtedly an awesome expression of the Mayan people’s cosmovision, which is completely different as the occidental one.

Mayan art is omnipresent in the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador, but as the Mayan world is so widely spread and rich in art, I will just cover the Mayan art in the territory of Mexico.

The Maya civilization gave its artists a free reign, and they produced Mayan ceramic vessels, which are simply outstanding in style and design.

Mayan pottery for everyday use was less decorated, but the finest pieces of art with sophisticated patterns, exquisite colors, and images of human beings, animals or mythological creatures were made for the royalty.

Mayan paintings are another brilliance of the Mayan art. Mayan murals, decorated tomb walls and temple chambers were painted with excellence. These spectacular works of art also reveal the Mayan mythology.

Tombs in the Yucatan Peninsula like the ones of Palenque, in Chiapas state, of Calakmul, in Campeche state, and of Dzibanche, in Quintana Roo state, are exceptional, as they were decorated with a considerable range of colors, including the Maya Blue.

Performing arts, including Mayan dance and Mayan music, was and still is an integral part of the society, whether at individual or ceremonial functions.

Mayan music was a cultural activity for children and adults on every level, but the instruction of playing musical instruments was only given to artists.

Paintings on different Mayan murals show these performing arts, where people with different musical instruments and performers dressed in supernatural costumes are representing mythical scenes or important events, like on the famous Mayan murals of Bonampak, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.

Tombs in the Yucatan Peninsula like the ones in Calakmul, Campeche state, and in Dzibanche, Quintana Roo state, are exceptional, as they were decorated with a considerable range of colors, including the Maya Blue.

The steles, large stone slabs covered with carvings, were a common form of Mayan sculpture. Each stela was mainly dedicated to represent the men and women of the governing class, and Mayan glyphs were elaborately carved to state the name, the dates and deeds of each one.

The Mayans also created ritual objects, funeral offerings, and the most beautiful personal ornaments for the members of the high ranking class, like Mayan masks, earrings, necklaces and pectorals.

Among the most famous funeral Mayan masks are the ones belonging to king Pakal and to the “Red Queen” of Palenque, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, with delicately elaborated plates of jade, integrated with turquoise, obsidian and mother of pearl and assembled to imitate the features of the dead king and queen.

Mayan art includes other genres like Mayan literature, Mayan writings of Mayan Codices on paper produced of fig tree bark, and the innumerable amount of masks carved in stone and made of stucco on pyramids and temples in every part of the Mayan world, which depict the brilliance and uniqueness of this civilization.

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Sybille from shares useful information to experience the Mayans journey in the southeast of Mexico, from the beautiful beaches and amazing Mayan archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula to Chiapas.

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