Mayan Ceramics at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently running an exhibition entitled “Lives of the Gods – Divinity in Mayan Art“. The exhibit examines depictions of Mayan gods on various objects: ceramics, stone, jade and shell.

Vessel with mythological scene, Attributed to the Metropolitan Painter (active 7th–8th century CE), The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1968, Accession Number: 1978.412.206

Several ceramic pieces are highlighted in detail in online audio guides to the exhibit, providing interesting context to each object. In fact almost half of the audio guides to the exhibit discuss ceramic pieces, varying from censor stands, Codex style plates and ceramic vessels of one form or another.

As with other exhibitions in the collection of the Met (or on exhibit at the Met), photographs of each object (often from multiple angles showing in effect a 3D view) is available online, along with detailed background information including a description, dimensions, provenance, etc.

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