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Uncoding Mayan mysteries.

SILENT FOR SO LONG, the ancient Maya are speaking to us, and we are beginning to understand. In the last decade, new techniques in the decipherment of hieroglyphs have been leading to important discoveries and revelations about the mysterious Maya. Now, a breakthrough exhibition, Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period, is bringing this new information to light.

Organized by the Duke University Museum of Art, with the cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Painting the Maya Universe features pictorial polychrome pottery of the Classic Maya period (A. D. 550-850), priceless treasures never before seen together. The exhibition is curated by Dorie Reents-Budet, associate curator of pre-Columbian art at the Duke University Museum of Art, and Virginia Fields, associate curator of pre-Columbian art at LACMA.

Showcasing some ninety-six objects of pottery, the exhibition presents, according to Reents-Budet, "a compilation of the ongoing decipherments of the hieroglyphic texts painted on the pottery, which amplify our understanding of these vessels." And, for the first time, she adds, specialists are able to recognize the artists behind the objects.

"By giving life to the individuals who caused the objects to be created," says Reents-Budet, "this exhibition will shed light on the cultural processes behind these works."

On view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, until June 26, Painting the Maya Universe will then be shown at the Denver Art Museum from July 15 through September 15, 1994; LACMA, October 6 through January 8, 1995; and Yale University, February 10 through April 23, 1995.
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Publication:Americas (English Edition)
Date:May 1, 1994
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