Exhibitions

Lidded bowl with the Iguana-Jaguar eviscerating humans, circa AD 500

Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Museo Fuerte de San Miguel, Campeche, Mexico
Becan, Mexico
Ceramic
13 ⅜ x 19 ⅜ x 19 ⅜ inches (34 x 49.3 x 49.3 cm)

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Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

On view March 27, 2010 to July 18, 2010

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

Surrounded by the sea in all directions, the ancient Maya viewed their world as inextricably tied to water. More than a necessity to sustain life, water was the vital medium from which the world emerged, gods arose and ancestors communicated. Over 90 works, many never before seen, offer exciting new insights into Maya culture that focus on the sea as a defining feature of the spiritual realm and the inspiration for the finest works of art. Fiery Pool was organized by Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum and Stephen D. Houston, The Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and Professor of Archaeology at Brown University.  The exhibition is scheduled to travel to the Kimbell Art  Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

This exhibition, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Because democracy demands wisdom. Additional support provided by ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations). Exhibition supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Media Partner: WGBH

TOURING SCHEDULE

Kimbell Art Museum | www.kimbellart.org | August 29, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Saint Louis Art Museum | www.slam.org | February 13, 2011 - May 8, 2011

Images

Lidded bowl with the Iguana-Jaguar eviscerating humans, circa AD 500

Lidded bowl with the Iguana-Jaguar eviscerating humans, circa AD 500

Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Museo Fuerte de San Miguel, Campeche, Mexico
Becan, Mexico
Ceramic
13 ⅜ x 19 ⅜ x 19 ⅜ inches (34 x 49.3 x 49.3 cm)

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Incense burner with a deity with aquatic elements, AD 700 – 750

Incense burner with a deity with aquatic elements, AD 700 – 750

Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Museo de Sitio de la Zona Arqueológia de Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
Palenque, Mexico
Ceramic
46 ¾ x 22 ¼ x 7 ⅞ inches (118.5 x 56.5 x 20 cm)

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Plate with the Maize God dancing above water, AD 700 – 800

Plate with the Maize God dancing above water, AD 700 – 800

Princeton University Art Museum, Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921 Fund
Peten region, Guatemala
Ceramic
14 ¾ x 14 ¾ x 4 ½ inches (37.5 x 37.5 x 11.4 cm)

Photograph by Bruce M. White.

Vessel with the face of an old man, AD 900 – 1250

Vessel with the face of an old man, AD 900 – 1250

Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología, Guatemala City
Jutiapa region, Guatemala
Tohil Plumbate ceramic
5 ¾ x 4 ¾ x 4 ⅞ inches (14.8 x 12 x 12.5 cm)

Courtesy Peabody Essex Museum, photograph © 2009 Jorge Pérez de Lara

Jade sculpture of a deity, AD 550 – 650

Jade sculpture of a deity, AD 550 – 650

National Institute of Culture and History, Belize; Photograph courtesy National Institute of Culture and History, Belize
Altun Ha, Belize
Jadeite
5 ⅞ x 4 ⅜ x 5 ¾ inches (14.9 x 11.2 x 14.8 cm)
Figurine of the Jaguar God of the Underworld riding a crocodile

Figurine of the Jaguar God of the Underworld riding a crocodile

550-900, Jaina Island, Mexico. Ceramic. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Part of Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

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