Thursday Lecture: Professor Dr Nikolai Grube
Wann: Do, 24.11.2022, 18:00 Uhr bis 20:00 Uhr
Wo: Warburgstraße 26, 20354 Hamburg
Reconstructing a Lost Manuscript Culture: The Books of the Maya
Professor Dr Nicolai Grube (Universität Bonn)
The Maya book culture is one of the little-known ancient manuscript cultures. This is due to the extinction of this writing tradition during the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, but also to the natural decay of Maya books in the tropical climate. Only four Maya manuscripts have survived to the present day and are now kept in Mexico and in European libraries. They provide a small glimpse of Maya book culture on the eve of the Spanish conquest. However, the Maya produced and wrote screenfold manuscripts already during the classic period (250-900 CE). In my presentation I would like to show that the production, materiality, use and storage of the lost books from the Classic Maya can be reconstructed based on evidence from archaeological finds, vase paintings and other images, but also from written texts in Maya hieroglyphic writing.