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Estudios de cultura maya

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BECQUEY, Cédric. Pre-Columbian Maya Graphic Arts: Semiotic Considerations about the Writing-Image Continuum. Estud. cult. maya [online]. 2021, vol.57, pp.151-178.  Epub 26-Mar-2021. ISSN 0185-2574.

The writing-image association is one of the fundamental characteristics of art in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. This combination was particularly developed and used by the Maya for almost 20 centuries. Far from constituting only an artistic process, the joint use of these two modes of visual communication allowed the transcription of a very complex symbolic thought and was one of the main tools of the propaganda of the (political) power of the Maya elites. In this article, the main principles that govern the pre-Hispanic Maya scriptural and iconological systems will be exposed, especially insisting on the continuum comprised by text and image in their artistic expressions. Here will be particularly examined and discussed the swinging and mixing games between iconic or non-iconic figurativeness and symbolism in the construction of the signs used to generate meanings with which they entertain relationships of different kinds, often metaphorical, based on cultural conventions, rich of teachings for our understanding of the ancient Maya.

Palabras llave : Maya; Classic; epigraphy; iconography; semiotics; symbolism; figurativeness.

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