Maya and the Mythic Sea Exhibition

. February 22, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Saint Louis Art Museum is showing 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 people’s powerful fascination with the seas around them. The exhibition is on view through May 8, 2011 in the Main Exhibition Galleries at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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 ancient Maya lived in southern Mexico and Central America, and were part of the larger cultural area known as Mesoamerica. The cultural history of Mesoamerica is divided into three main periods: the Preclassic (2500 BC—250 AD); the Classic (250—900); and the Postclassic (900—1542). The Maya flourished in all three periods.

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