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Bonampak Book #11a (should have been #12, oops!)
©1999,Elen FreelanderAll rights reserved.

This is a one-of-a-kind accordion panorama book of six panels. The book is constructed of 4-ply matte board covered with jaguar-print panne velour fabric on the outside and Japanese Yuzen and handmade mulberry papers on the inside. Yuzen is a pH neutral hand silkscreened paper using intricate designs originating from famous Yuzen patterns for kimono.

The images applied to the inner faces of the book are gicleé prints on a 100% cotton rag paper called “Bob Picasso”. I scanned the images from Mary Miller’s article for the February 1995 issue of National Geographic Magazine entitled “Maya Masterpiece Revealed at Bonampak”. Bonampak (a name formed from the Maya words meaning “painted wall”) is a late 8th century Maya site in modern-day eastern Chiapas, Mexico. The site contains several structures typical of Maya architecture of that time. Within the one dubbed Structure 1 are extraordinary paintings of Maya ritual and culture.

In an elaborate process Mary Miller and computer artist Doug Stern, using the 1992 color photographs of the freshly cleaned murals taken by Enrico Ferorelli, their own on-site additions of details not captured clearly in his shots, and infrared photographs, were able to produce exquisite computer reconstructions of the murals.

Their reconstructions are the images that I scanned. Miller and Stern had left untouched the areas obscured by concrete repairs made to the murals by the Mexican government prior to 1992. I took the liberty of extrapolating what had been lost in those areas with the aid of my own computer and Adobe Photoshop. I hope that my studies do not veer markedly from Miller and Stern’s intent to reconstruct without altering original content.

Dimensions: 7 5\/8” x 11 1\/8” x ¾” shut, opens to a full 5’ 6 ¾” (Must be supported fully when opened.)

Shipping: This exquisite book will be shipped Priority Mail, Registered Mail (fully insured), and Return Receipt Requested (recipient’s signature required upon delivery). It will be trackable on line every step of the way. Your book will be securely packaged in a Priority Flat Rate Box, and should arrive in 2 to 3 days. If you are purchasing any other items from my shop at the same time as this book, you will be charged no additional fees; in other words, $30.00 will cover the entire order.


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  • Materials: matte board, jaguar print panne velour fabric, japanese yuzen hand silkscreened paper, handmade mulberry paper, giclee print, 100 percent cotton rag paper
  • Feedback: 34 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from New Mexico, United States.