Mayan Glyphs ~ Hands All Over Print Shirt
- Unisex sizing (women should choose one size smaller)
- 100% polyester with moisture-wicking qualities
- Produced by a sublimation process that may leave small portions of the fabric white
About this artwork
The Mayan script, also known as Mayan glyphs or Mayan hieroglyphs, is the writing system of the Maya civilization of Mesoamerica, currently the only Mesoamerican writing system that has been substantially deciphered. The earliest inscriptions found which are identifiably Maya date to the 3rd century BCE in San Bartolo, Guatemala. Maya writing was in continuous use throughout Mesoamerica until shortly after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century CE and into the 18th century in isolated areas, such as Tayasal.
Maya writing used logograms complemented by a set of syllabic glyphs, somewhat similar in function to modern Japanese writing. Mayan writing was called "hieroglyphics" or hieroglyphs by early European explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries who did not understand it but found its general appearance reminiscent of Egyptian hieroglyphs, to which the Mayan writing system is not at all related.