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The Adorned Body : Mapping Ancient Maya Dress

By: Carter, Nicholas(Edited by) Houston, Stephen D.(Edited by) Rossi, Franco D.(Edited by)

1477320709 / 9781477320709
Published 04/08/2020
United States
178 x 254 mm 248 pages, 98 b&w illustrations, 8-page color insert
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How we dress our bodies-through clothing, footwear, headgear, jewelry, haircuts, and more-is key to the expression of status and identity.

This idea is as true today as it was for ancient Maya civilization, yet few studies have centered on what ancient Maya peoples wore and why.

In The Adorned Body, Nicholas Carter, Stephen Houston, and Franco Rossi bring together contributions from a wide range of scholars, leading to the first in-depth study of Maya dress in Precolumbian times. Incorporating artistic, hieroglyphic, and archaeological sources, this book explores the clothing and ornaments of ancient Maya peoples, systematically examining who wore what, deducing the varied purposes and meanings of dress items and larger ensembles, and determining the methods and materials with which such items were created.

Each essay investigates a category of dress-including headgear, pendants and necklaces, body painting, footwear, and facial ornaments-and considers the variations within each of these categories, as well as popular styles and trends through time.

The final chapters reveal broader views and comparisons about costume ensembles and their social roles.

Shedding new light on the art and archaeology of the ancient Americas, The Adorned Body offers a thorough map of Maya dress that will be of interest to scholars and fashion enthusiasts alike.


1QDAK Pre-Columbian America, 3F c 500 CE to c 1000 CE, HDDA Prehistoric archaeology

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