The Maya Book of the Dead: The Ceramic Codex

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Author: Robicsek, Francis and Donald M Hales

Year: 1981

Publisher: Yale University Press

Place: New Haven


xxi+257 pages with 27 tables, 90 figures and bibliography. Quarto (12 1/4" x 9 1/4") issued in black cloth with silver lettering to spine and pictorial to cover. Foreword by Michael Coe. 1st edition.

Lin Crocker and Michael D Coe first designated a well defined group of vessels as "codex style" because they resembled the style of the codices of the ancient Maya and because they believed that the artists who created these Maya masterpieces were the ones who were accustomed to bark paper books of the ancient Maya. From this assumption Francis Robicsek presented the theory most likely to revolutionize Classic Maya research, i.e., that the vases not only looked, but placed in proper sequence, they are the codices. To support this postulate, Francis Robicsek visited Maya sites, institutional and private ceramic collections world-wide, and with the able assistance of anthropologist-hieroglyper, Donald M Hales, made the first complete study of the particular Maya ceramic style which encompasses all know examples. With this task completed, Robicsek and Hales ended up with what Mayaists searched for for a long time, a tentative sequence of funerary ceramics which represent the "Book of the Dead of the Maya." Their studies in codex style and non-codex-style ceramics modified the ordered sequence itself somewhat, but the principle of the "ceramic codex" with mythological vase paintings serving as "pages" will undoubtedly continue to provide an entirely novel and firm basis for research in Maya ceramic art, history and religion.


Corners bumped, jacket corners and spine ends chipped, closed edge tears else a very good to fine copy in a better than very good jacket.

SOLD 2009

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