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An album of Maya architecture (Carnegie institution of Washington. Publication 558) [Unknown Binding]

Tatiana Proskouriakoff
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  • ASIN: B0006AR5D4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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By Jeung
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This is a marvellous book on the Maya architecture.
Every details are patiently reported to a great pleasure of readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 9 April 1999
By A Customer
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This book although perhaps slightly out of date is an excellent way to get started in this field. Tania Proskouriokoff is one of the most influential archaeologists ever to work in the feild of Maya history. She was a great scientist and researched this book well and with great regard for the imperfections of the study of the Mayan history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Drawings 19 Sep 2003
By Enrique Torres - Published on
There are currently two versions of this beautiful book available that does a marvelous job of recreating the Maya world. The one entitled "An Album of Maya Architecture"(the other version has no An in the title) is published by Dover and is unabridged and is therefore a rebulication of the original published by the Carnegie Instition of Washington D.C. in 1946. This book is a labor of love by Tatiana Proskouriakoff whose excellent illustrations will and have stood the test of time. In the acknowledgement the author gives credit to all who made this project possible as there are several unpublished drawings and notes that were put at her disposal. Having visited the great temples of the Maya in Copan(Honduras), Guatemala and the Yucatan(Mexico) I can bear testament to their magnificent presence in the jungles. Buried for years in the jungles they have only "resurfaced" recently for archeologists to study and preserve for future generations. In this book the author takes the liberty of informing us of the uses of the various temples based on her extensive knowledge and field research. Since many of the building have deteriorated with the passing centuries,Tatiana Proskouriakoff mastefully recreates the buildings as they were, based on her studies. Her lively depiction of the famous Ball Court is in stark contrast to the actual court that is desolate with only tourists and the spirits of the skillfull atheletes who once graced the courts. The black and whilte illustrations are simple yet lavish in certain details. Each section or chapter comes complete with text explaining the visual and begins with an elaborate illustration of a particular part of the site in full rich detail.This is a beautiful book that anyone who is interested in the ancient Maya should have in their library. The author also suggests other books and works to compliment the study of the complex world of the mysterious Maya.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful drawings 5 Aug 2002
By "mayanfan" - Published on
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A very nice and useful book.Throughout 29 plates Tania covers from Early Classic to Postclassic,from Uaxactun to Chichen-Itzá, showing many buildings and structures.According to her time,this Proskouriakoff's masterpiece displays highly accurated B&W drawings, plenty of details and suggestive forms, bringing to light Maya history not only from the jungle, but also from the obscurity of past. As the back cover says, her work combines "the imagination of an artist and the precision of a scientist". A great book by a great mayanist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now available again- Own this 1946 Mayan Classic 19 Mar 2012
By Bob Wolter - Published on
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Famed Russian Author's Definitive reconstructive drawings of the Great Mayan Cities are priceless. This work was a classic attempt to show you how these buildings would have appeared at their zenith. Tatiania Proskouriakoff ranks among the greatest of the Maya Scholars with not only this breakthrough Classic Album, available for you here, but also the breakthrough in decipherment of the Mayan Hieroglyphs.
This true giant in her field, was born in Tomsk, Russia in 1909 and passed away at Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1985 at age 76.Her accomplishments are legion, and she has earned a place in history.
This classic is a must have for any historian, interested tourist, or scholar. It is available here for you again at a most reasonable price! But it now!
Bob Wolter
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Drawings 30 Sep 2008
By Gustavo Gallegos - Published on
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If you are interested in Maya Architecture this is a must!
Great talent! Very accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful architecture 13 Jun 2008
By Mare - Published on
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My husband and I have traveled extensively to the many ruins in Mexico and the illustrations in this book are amazing! We've seen a lot of the Maya ruins and this book had some we hadn't been to yet. If you love pre-Columbian architecture in Mesoamerica or have traveled to this part of the world, you'll love this book.
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