Rare Mayan artifacts to go on display in Los Angeles
Beware of the jaguar, a 9-foot ancient sculpture associated with war and sacrifice in Maya culture. It's the centerpiece of "Treasures of the Maya Spirit," an exhibition coming to Los Angeles Jan. 16-19. It includes 200 sculptures, stonework and ceramics from the ancient Maya civilization. The works belong to La Ruta Maya Foundation and are slated to be housed in the future Museo Maya de America in Guatemala City, which is scheduled to break ground in 2016. "Since the largest population of Guatemalans living outside of the country resides in Los Angeles, it makes sense for this exceptional exhibition to debut here," foundation President Fernando Paiz said in a statement. The exhibition is part of the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show at the L.A. Convention Center South Hall.
-- Mary Forgione
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Crouching masked jaguar warrior
The stucco crouching jaguar figure is 9 feet long and dates to AD 250 to 600. In Maya culture, jaguar masks and decorations were common.