Maya: The Exhibition” displays more than 300 artifacts to reveal the daily life, religion, politics and innovations of the Maya
BY CITYBEAT STAFF MAR 2, 2020 3 PM
The mysteries of the Maya will unfold at the Cincinnati Museum Center by way of the aptly titled Maya: The Exhibition. Opening March 14, the show features over 300 original objects that reveal information about daily life in the civilization, from religion to politics to innovations.
It promises to be immersive, drawing museumgoers into the Maya’s wondrous stepped pyramids, vividly-rendered artwork, figurines and jewelry made of jade and gold. Making its U.S. debut, the show also features stone-carved hieroglyphs and sculptures, the latter of which depict the deities of the Maya pantheon.
Dating back to 2000 BC, according to a release, the civilization reached its peak in 600 AD, a time in which its population density outnumbered any other civilization across the globe. Sprawled within the jungles of what is now Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, their influence still stretches today. By studying the stars, they created the most precise calendar of ancient times that is as exact as today’s standard. Another example of their many innovations points to their use of the number zero in math.
Oh, and they’re credited with the invention of chocolate.
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