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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-10 07:08 PM
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Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea
Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea



Three face ornaments of Quetzalcoatl, 800900; Chichen Itza, Mexico; gold; right eye overlay: 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 in., left eye overlay:
6 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches, mouth overlay: 3 x 5 inches; Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge,
MA, 10-71-20/C7678- C7679.; Photograph President and Fellows of Harvard College.

ST LOUIS, MO.- The Saint Louis Art Museum announces the February 13, 2011 opening of Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea, a breathtaking exhibition that showcases more than 90 works of Maya art, many shown for the first time in the United States. The works on view are from Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Guatemala and reveal the ancient Maya peoples powerful fascination with the seas around them.

Fiery Pool marks the first traveling exhibition of Maya art to reach our halls, said Matthew H. Robb, assistant curator of ancient American and Native American art. This exhibition offers a dynamic new perspective on the art of the ancient Maya by including everything from monumental stone sculptures to jewels of jade and gold.

The more than 90 works on view demonstrate the importance that the Maya placed on water, surrounded as they were by the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean and create what New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Holland Cotter calls an unforgettably dramatic exhibition. These dazzling images of sea monsters, maritime battles, fish and water deities illustrate the complexity the Maya had long been known for in language, mathematics and culture and illuminate new ways in which this ancient culture viewed the cosmos.

The exhibitions artifacts encompass the day-to-day as well as the sacred, constructed from gold, clay, stone and shell. They include a conch trumpet, lidded bowls, friezes, incense burners and many other works such as the only known Maya effigy of a lobster and Belizes prized 10-pound jadeite sculpture of the sun gods head, entitled Head of a Deity.

More:
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=425...
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naaman fletcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-10 08:00 PM
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1. Thanks for post
Will be in st Louis in December I'll try to stop by.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-10 08:13 PM
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2. It does sound wonderful. You'd be lucky to see it. n/t
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naaman fletcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-10 08:51 PM
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3. I'll report back,
hopefully the museum will let me take pictures.
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