07 juillet 2013

Pendentifs, tête de massue, colliers, hache et amulettes talismaniques en jadéite. Maya, Olmèque, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexique

Pendentif en forme de hache présentant la figure talismanique du dieu aigle. Vallée Centrale, Costa Rica, environ 300-700 après JC. Photo courtesy Besch Cannes Auction le bec plongeant aquilin et les ailes repliées se terminant par des mains stylisées. Ce pendentif démontre l'imbrication de l'homme avec l'animal ainsi que le lien privilégié que les hommes de l'Amérique Précolombienne entretenaient avec la nature. Jadéite verte au poli lumineux. Trou transversal biconique. 18,5x4,6x4,2cm - Estimation : 3 500... [Lire la suite]

22 juin 2013

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed makes its world premiere at the Science Museum of Minnesota

This figure, one of more than 250 artifacts featured in the Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed exhibition at the Science Museum of Minnesota, captures the moments prior to a Maya bloodletting ritual. The man's position in front of the deep bowl, the bloodletting knots on his head and the cloth strips in his earlobes all indicate the ritual to come. Image courtesy of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. ST. PAUL, MINN.- The Science Museum of Minnesota hosts the world premiere of Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, a brand-new, original... [Lire la suite]
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20 juillet 2012

"Hina/Jaina: On the Threshold of the Mayan Underworld" @ the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC

Photo: INAH WASHINGTON, DC.-  The man-made island of Jaina, off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the State of Campeche, was an extremely important Mayan ritual and religious site in the Classic Period (600 – 900 AD). This exhibition presents a selection of over 50 “Jaina style” figurines discovered on the island that depict various aspects of Mayan cosmology, religious beliefs and society, accompanied by a small selection of vessels and objects. Together, they provide fascinating insight into one of Mexico’s... [Lire la suite]
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12 février 2012

"Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift" @ The Walters Art Museum

  Mask, Guatemalan (Mayan style), Guatemala, AD 250-850 (?) (Classic (?)),  jadeite. H: 3 1/8 x W: 3 1/2 x D: 1 in. (7.9 x 8.9 x 2.6 cm. TL.2009.20.298.  The John Bourne Collection Gift. Walters Art Museum BALTIMORE, MD.- The Walters Art Museum presents Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift an exhibition of 135 artworks from cultures that rose and fell in Mexico, Central America and Andean South America from 1200 B.C.–A.D. 1530. Drawn from the collection... [Lire la suite]
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27 septembre 2011

Le squelette d’une reine maya découvert au Guatemala

En investiguant les décombres d’un édifice des ruines mayas de Nakum, au Guatemala, des archéologues de l’université de Cracovie ont découvert deux tombeaux. Le premier rempli de trésors et le second plus ancien, abritant le squelette d’une reine Maya enterrée il y a environ 2.000 ans. Une découverte qui a bien étonné les archéologues alors que les dirigeants de cette ancienne civilisation étaient plutôt des hommes. (source www.maxisciences.com/) Le crâne du squelette maya décuvert a été mystérieusement placé entre deux coupes. A... [Lire la suite]
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18 juillet 2011

Pre-Columbian Gold to be Displayed at the Fabergé Museum

The items in the Fabergé Museum collection are among the small number still in existence in Europe. BADEN-BADEN.- On July 16, the Fabergé Museum unveiled the latest edition to its collection, almost 100 very rare and exquisite treasures of the ancient peoples of South America – the Aztecs, Incas, and Maya. These gold and jade jewelry items pre-date the arrival of Columbus in the Americas, and they are now open to the public for the first time ever. Audiences will certainly be enthralled by both their beauty and nearly one... [Lire la suite]
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23 mars 2011

Mexican Government Says $4 Million Maya Sculpture Sold in Paris is Not Pre-Hispanic

The piece was manufactured recently and in no way belongs to any of the Prehispanic Mexican cultures. MEXICO CITY.- In relation to the auction of archaeological pieces held in Paris, France on Monday, March 21, by the Binoche–Giquello auction house, the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores) informed the following: The piece attributed to the Maya culture and that, according to several news reports, achieved the highest price in the auction, was... [Lire la suite]
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12 juillet 2010

The Millenary Maya Stela “Divine Lords of Tonina Creating the Universe” Complete Again

Detail of the stela that depicts the Divine Lords of Tonina Creating the Universe. Photo: DMC/INAH/M. TAPIA MEXICO CITY.- With more than 2,000 years of age, the stela that depicts the “Divine Lords of Tonina Creating the Universe”, one of the most emblematic pieces at Maya Hall of the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) will appear complete once the missing part that corresponds to a hand is reintegrated. When entering the Maya Hall, one of the pieces that welcome visitors is the stela found in Tonina, Chiapas where the... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2008

Grand portrait d'un souverain Culture Maya, Mexique Classique récent : 600-800 après J.-C

Grand portrait d'un souverain Culture Maya, Bonampak (?), région de l'Usumacinta, Mexique Classique récent : 600-800 après J.-C. Calcaire et stuc H_78 cm Stucco portrait head of a ruler Maya, Bonampak (?), Usumacinta Region Late Classic : 600-800 A.D. Limestone and stucco H_30 11/16 inches Estimation : 600 000 - 800 000 € Provenance / provenance : Ancienne collection William P. Palmer III et Galerie Emmerich, Zurich. Former William P. Palmer III collection and Emmerich Gallery, Zurich. Réferences / reference :... [Lire la suite]
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