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The ancient Maya appreciated beauty, story telling and drama. Scientists can tell this be examining their sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, painting, weaving, and clothing and costume design.

Jade was valued more  than gold (perhaps because there was little within the Maya region). They carved jade into figures and jewelry and also used jade to make masks. And they did this without metal tools.


Their terra cotta figurines and polychrome vases are admired not only because they are very old, but as fine works of art. This vase is from Campeche from about 1,400 years ago.


Other Arts:

The noble people kept jewelry makers busy making necklaces, bracelets, breastplates, ear flares, labrets, and nose plugs. The best jewelry was buried in the elaborate tombs of their rulers.