Friday Night Gallery Chat – Maya Codice’s

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Maya Codice’s are essentially the language books that the maya created and kept in their temples until  the conquistadors came along ,  (with the religious community that arrived with them) and destroyed the majority of codices  in an effort to crush mayan culture and spirit while intending to replace it with christian iconography.

They are archaeological art- ifacts but can be viewed as an important part of the Mayan’s expression of art.

Here is part of the Dresden codice,

Here is another, the pictograms expressed an idea or series of words-

a larger picture might show an event that happened as a photograph would today,


Have a Mayan intensive weekend!


From Wikipedia,

Maya codices (singular codex) are folding books stemming from the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, written in Maya hieroglyphic script on Mesoamerican paper, made from the inner bark of certain trees, the main being the wild fig tree or Amate (Ficus glabrata). Paper, generally known by the Nahuatl word amatl, was named by the Mayas huun. The folding books are the products of professional scribes working under the patronage of the Howler Monkey Gods. The Maya developed their huun-paper around the 5th century,[1] the same era that the Romans did, but their paper was more durable and a better writing surface than papyrus[2]. The codices have been named for the cities in which they eventually settled. The Dresden codex is generally considered the most important of the few that survive.


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