June 20, 2021

An exhibition on the history of the ancient Mayans will arrive in China



Mérida (Mexico), Jun 4 (EFE) .- Pieces of stone, stucco, shell, paper, bone and ceramics that tell the story of the ancient Mayan sovereigns are part of the exhibition “The Visible Word, Mayan hieroglyphic writing” that the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) will take China and Korea in the coming months.

“We are working on an adaptation of that exhibition that premiered in 2019 at the Palacio Cantón Regional Museum, located in Mérida, Yucatán, so that later it becomes an international traveling exhibition,” the director of the venue, Bernardo Sarvide, assured Efe this Friday.

The intentions of the INAH and the federal Ministry of Culture is to first take the sample to China and Korea within a few months.

“We are working so that there is a diplomatic exchange with the Chinese Embassy and then take that type of expressions from Mexico to the world,” said Sarvide.

The official feels very happy “because it is the first time that an exhibition created in Yucatan, with local pieces, has gone on an international foray.”

“There were many international exhibitions of the INAH in which the Palacio Cantón Regional Museum has participated with some pieces, but the one that goes to Asia was generated here in Yucatán,” he reiterated to Efe.

“The Visible Word, Mayan hieroglyphic writing” is an exhibition that is currently in the Canton Palace and includes more than 80 pieces that tell stories of the Mayan kings such as Uk´uuw Chan Chaahk, Lord of the domain of the Ka´n in Ho´ , whose legacy is seen in beautiful glyphs carved into a bone.

“The exhibition presents fragments of our history that the jungle could not destroy and that the inquisitive fire could not burn. Today we can read aloud those pieces of history and recall what we thought was lost ”, Jesús Guillermo Kantún Rivera, the exhibition’s curator, explained to Efe.

The pieces, which can be enjoyed for another two months in the city of Mérida, are part of the archaeological collection of the Cantón Palace Museum and come from archaeological ruins such as Ek Balam, Oxkintok, Mayapán or Uxmal, among others.

The Mayan hieroglyphs were made of various materials and objects, such as a ceramic bowl.

The facsimile of the Dresden Codex, which was made with amate paper and polychrome stucco and belongs to the Site Museum of the Chichén Itzá archaeological zone, is one of the most popular in the show.

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