Mixtec architecture

Mixtec architecture

(700–1000)
An architecture characterized by great mass, use of interior stone columns, and emphasis on horizontal lines, developed in Oaxaca, Mexico. The minutely detailed fretwork of the interior and exterior paneled friezes was produced by assembling thousands of small decorative elements, and setting them into clay. At Mitla there are freestanding buildings surrounding large courts oriented toward cardinal points of the compass.

Mixtec architecture

A type of Mesoamerican architecture, circa 1000 A.D., in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico; usually characterized by great mass, use of interior stone columns, and emphasis on horizontal lines; minutely detailed fret-work on paneled friezes; use of scapulary tablets on building façades.