Faces of Divinity: the Mayan jade mosaics.

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Faces of divinity advertisement coming from a face mask of tomb I Calakmul, Campeche.

This magnificent exhibition was successfully first admired for thousands of people in the National Anthropology and History Museum in México city. Originally it was supposed to be traveled last February as a part of the celebrations culture events "The year of Mexico in France" to the pinacotheque in Paris. Unfortunately, because of last minute changes beyond cultural reasons, the next destination to admire this interesting collection was luckily my city Morelia and it will be shown here until June in the Clavijero palace with free admision open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am-6pm.

The principal subject of this exhibition turns around the importance of various Mayan leaders during the Classic Maya period (200-900 AD) their power, significance, symbolism, and divine character are shown through a very interesting collection made of 147 goods recovered from different sites in Southern México and for the first time have been showing together.

Map of some of principal Maya places.

The goods were found in graves of six leaders that were buried over thousand of years ago along with thirteen jade funerary masks and a pectoral shall  that were discovered in pre-hispanic temples coming from Mayan cities such as Palenque (Chiapas) Calakmul (Campeche)  Dzibanché (Quintana Roo)  Oxkintok (Yucatán) y la Rovirosa.

Once, they were recovered they were sent to different museums along the country but today they are here, in the same place to offer a more complete understanding of Mayan culture. Some of these goods belonged to great King Pakal and the rest were of six other leaders whose names are today not known. 

The whole collection includes necklaces, bracelets, rings, bibs and ceremonial figures as well that were placed by the ancient Maya according to their beliefs and traditions to provide more power and accompany to their rulers in their travel through underworld Xibalbá  (a fear place ruled by Mayan death Gods) to finally ascend the divine world.

A stone showing the image of an enemy captured taking as a prisoner with holding hands tied.

In the exhibition stands out for its importance the recreation of king Pakal's tomb (Pakal name in Mayan language means shield) who ruled the city of Palenque Chiapas during (615-683 AD) with his entire funerary equipment and a digital reproduction of his tombstone. He was responsible of the building and extension of most important surviving inscriptions and magnificent architecture that produced some of Maya civilization finest art well known today.

So, this is a great opportunity to visit and spend an interesting time while learning more about Maya culture the exhibition is really worth it and well recommended  to visit.







amazed says:
Posted on: Jul 22, 2012
ebbin says:
Nice share Monica
Posted on: May 14, 2011
monky says:
Thanks everyone for your nice comments:)
Posted on: Apr 05, 2011
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Faces of divinity advertisement co…
Faces of divinity advertisement c…
Map of some of principal Maya plac…
Map of some of principal Maya pla…
A stone showing the image of an en…
A stone showing the image of an e…
Some of the goods found it a vesse…
Some of the goods found it a vess…
The Jaguar god of underworld.
The Jaguar god of underworld.
Another stone with the subject of …
Another stone with the subject of…
A figure of a player of ball game.
A figure of a player of ball game.
Some faces of Gods.
Some faces of Gods.
photo by: monky