MAYAS Revelation of an endless time
Mayas, Revelation of an Endless Time spotlights a civilization of wondrous and vast cultural wealth that has survived for millennia. After its exhibition in the Gallery of the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, the Museu da Cidade Oca do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Musée du quai Branly in Paris, we are honoured that this legacy can now also be shared in the World Museum of the National Museums of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. Maya culture remains alive and well and still offers amazing diversity. Today, thirty-some languages comprising the Mayan linguistic family are still spoken. Discoveries never cease thanks to the dedicated work of archaeologists and anthropologists at hundreds of sites in Maya territory. In Mexico, the archaeological map and studies of this great culture continue to grow and generate new knowledge. The magnificent Maya cities of Calakmul, Palenque, Uxmal, and Chichén Itzá, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritaje list, continue to share their secrets, revealing the wisdom of the ancient inhabitants, their socio-economic organization, the complexity of their thought, and the aesthetic power of their creations. The exhibition features masterpieces from the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Yucatán. These works bring us closer to Maya architecture, cosmogony and religion, as well as their conception of time (with connotations unique to this civilisation), political structure, and daily life. Visitors can view polychrome ceramic, representations alluding to astronomy, human figures, the nobility, warriors, and captives, not to mention mothers with their children. The pieces also display images of gods, animals, underworld beings, stelae, carved disks, columns, portraits in stucco, ceramic, as well as celts, necklaces, pectorals, ornamental jade pieces, masks, obsidian blades, and musical instruments, such as flutes and drums.