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Image from page 524 of "Guide leaflet" (1901)

Identifier: scienceguide7692amer

Title: Guide leaflet

Year: 1901 (1900s)

Authors: American Museum of Natural History

Subjects: American Museum of Natural History Natural history

Publisher: New York : The Museum

Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library

Digitizing Sponsor: IMLS / LSTA / METRO



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57 58 AMFJUCAX MCSKlM (11 I/)/- LEAFLET The three Maya hooks fall into thislast category. As the Maya had de-veloi)ed an extremely conventionalizedway of depictin*i- word symbols, the paues,from an artistic i)oint of view, do not com-pare with the Highland documents.Among the latter the manuscripts assign-al)le to the Mixtec civilization areespecially handsome. The day signs antlthe representations of the divinities arecarefully, one might say arduously, (hawn.Irnpoi-tions are based npon the ritualisticimi)()rtance of the details shown Iatherthan their anatomical symmetry. Colorsare used not only to reproduce naturaltones but also to define the object cere-monially, since colors had a strong ritual-istic significance in Central Americanreligion. Permeating all the symbols,and their distribution on the page, isdesign, which follows closely in the trainof the order implicit in ritual. Aztec Paixtixg In coui})arison to the Mixtec docu-ments, the ])ainting in Aztec manuscriptsseems barbar



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