Tue, 06/26/2012 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
[Lecture / Panel]
THE COURTLY WORLD OF JAINA FIGURINES by Dr. Mary Ellen Miller
Where |Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
About This Event
The ancient Maya of the Yucatan peninsula crafted hundreds, if not thousands, of figurines, during the years AD 600-900, offering them in burials on the Island of Jaina. Some of these figurines were made in molds, and thus mass-produced; others were made entirely by hand, carefully modeled to reveal animated gestures and expressions. Men and women, dwarves and children, these Jaina figurines reveal members of elite society, attendants at court, and a few more modest folk.
Dr. Mary Ellen Miller, Dean of Yale College and Sterling Professor of History of Art, will take an in-depth look at these lively and often entertaining figurines, showing how Jaina figurines open a window on the ancient Maya court.