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Veiled brightness : a history of ancient Maya color

Author: Stephen D Houston
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009.
Series: William & Bettye Nowlin series in art, history, and culture of the Western Hemisphere.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A systematic study of how the ancient Maya peoples perceived and used colour.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen D Houston
ISBN: 9780292719002 0292719000
OCLC Number: 230730263
Description: xi, 148 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.
Contents: Seeing color. Sensing color ; Theorizing color in the West ; Comparative theories of color ; Colorizing Mesoamerica ; A book on Maya color --
Naming color. Simplex terms ; Complex terms ; Organization of colors ; Maya color terms (Red ; White ; Black ; Yellow ; Yax) ; Maya terminology --
Making color. Prime colorants (Feathers ; Flowers ; Shells ; Stones) ; Manufactured colorants (Dyes ; Pigments and paints ; Ceramics : a special case) ; Making Maya color --
Using color. Approaches and limitations ; The Preclassic and Early Classic (Red, black, and white ; The Late Preclassic : new colors ; The Early Classic ; Color use in the Preclassic and Early Classic) ; The Late Early Classic and the rise of Maya blue (Experimetns in ceramics ; The rise of Maya blue ; Architectural color ; The conservative colors of death ; Color use in the Late Early Classic) ; The Late Classic : naturalism and its dissenters (The naturalistic revolution ; Color and dimension ; Rejections of polychromy ; Color use in the Late Classic) ; The Terminal Classic : rupture and reinventions ; The Postclassic : the colors of the gods (Early Postclassic : five basic colors ; Late Postclassic : the "international style" ; The "blue-and-black style" ; Color contrasts ; Color use in the Postclassic) ; Using color --
Epilogue: A history of Maya color --
Appendix: Dyes and organic colorants of the Maya and Aztecs.
Series Title: William & Bettye Nowlin series in art, history, and culture of the Western Hemisphere.
Other Titles: History of ancient Maya color
Responsibility: Stephen Houston [and others].
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