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Treasures of Sacred Maya Kings



Funerary Mask, 200–600Mexico, Campeche, Calakmul, Structure II-DJadeite, shell, obsidian; 7 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (19.1 x 14.9 cm)Museo Histórico Fuerte San Miguel, Baluarte de San Miguel, Campeche Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art
Funerary Mask, 200–600
Mexico, Campeche, Calakmul, Structure II-D
Jadeite, shell, obsidian; 7 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (19.1 x 14.9 cm)
Museo Histórico Fuerte San Miguel, Baluarte de San Miguel, Campeche
Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art
Treasures of Sacred Maya Kings
UNITED STATES
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  Ongoing
 
Treasures of Sacred Maya Kings, explores the growth of the concept of divine kingship among ancient Maya peoples. Featuring some 150 objects—from large-scale relief sculpture in stone to small, precious pieces of worked jade—the exhibition displays the grandiose ambitions of earthly rulers when they transformed themselves into gods. Dating principally from 200 B.C. to A.D. 600, the works in the exhibition are lent primarily from public collections in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras as well as from collections in Europe and the United States. Emphasis is placed on recently excavated objects that are on view for the first time in the United States. Notable among them are pieces from the renowned Maya sites of Calakmul in Mexico, Tikal in Guatemala, and Copán in Honduras. Maya jade objects discovered in tombs in the famous Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacán, the contemporary but distant central Mexican city, are included as well.


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