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GHF Mirador Featured at the Maya Exhibit at Quai Branly Museum in Paris

Maya, destruction of a civilization

June 2011

 

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Maya, destruction of a civilization

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Gigantic pyramids lost in the rainforest; temples forgotten and overgrown with vegetation; imposing limestone blocks thrown up by roots of trees. Idealized images of cities taken over by the majestic jungle and wilderness have made the Maya one of the most fascinating archaeological riddles. Why and how this civilization collapsed will be at the heart of an international symposium held at Quai Branly Museum July 1-2 in the wake of the new exhibition “Maya: from Dawn to Dusk.”

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Commerce of black gold and archaeological findings in the Land of Maya

Under the photo mosaic on the beautiful poster that announces “Maya: from Dawn to Dusk,” an exhibition that opens Tuesday, June 21 at Quai Branly Museum in Paris, reads in fine letters: “With the sponsorship of Perenco.” A leading oil producer in Guatemala, Perenco is located in the heart of Laguna del Tigre national park, a protected area in the department of Petén. In recent years, the French-British group claims that their actions “extend the field of culture” and evoke “active” support of archaeological excavations in Guatemala.
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The Greeks of the New World

At Quai Branly, the exhibition “Maya: from Dawn to Dusk” highlights the ruins and collections of Guatemala.

City-states founded in the heart of wooded darkness, tall pyramids, temples springing to sometimes more than 70 meters (as at Tikal) above the trees! How did the Mayans construct this “New York” of ancient tropics, built with an abundance of sculptures, long-nosed gods bristling the slopes of the pyramids, carved reliefs sumptuously colonizing the stelae, altars, lintels, as well as graves beneath which slept sometimes, as in Palenque, Mexico, the bodies of kings with death masks of jade?

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Guatemala displays its most beautiful Maya pieces at Quai Branly Museum in Paris

Guatemala is displaying some of its finest Mayan pieces at Quai Branly Museum in Paris: a vase of jade mosaic, a zoomorphic urn, sacrificial knives, a shell representation of the god of death—all give life to this fascinating and complex civilization. Titled “Maya: from Dawn to Dusk,” the exhibition, which runs until October 2, features 160 objects (decorative pieces, funerary elements, architectural relics, ornaments) lent mainly by the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala.

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Treasures and Mysteries of the Mayan Pyramids

Guatemala lends some of its best pieces to Quai Branly for an evocation of this four-thousand-year-old Mesoamerican civilization.
They worshiped the jaguar, the quetzal, rain and death. They covered their temples with hieroglyphics and codices. The Mayan civilization was at least four thousand years old.

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