Mayan: 1 definition


Mayan means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Mayan (मयन्) is the name of a venerated śilpin (craftsman).—One of the greatest śilpis who left behind his theories and guidelines was Mayan, who has been mentioned in the purāṇas (legends) and kāvyas (poetry). Mayan is called the father of the sculptural tradition. The image maker’s craft continued to be practiced after the traditional art had exhausted its resources.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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