MYSTERIOUS FAT BABIES.

OR MUSEUMS AND ART IN OAXACA

ALERT: FOR ALL ART LOVERS THIS IS ESSENTIALLY A PICTURE POST. IT REPRESENTS THE DIVERSE CERAMIC AND STONE ART ACROSS THE WHOLE PRE HISPANIC SPECTRUM. THIS WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA BEFORE I POST THE MEXICO CITY ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUMS WONDERS!

Rufino Tamayo Mexican Pre Hispanic Art Museum

The pink room with Olmec art 1800 BCE to 400 BCE. (The people of the land of rubber)

These brightly coloured backgrounds I thought would be a distraction, however they sort of worked and the courtyarded building was a treat in itself. First have some Olmec gear. These are the people who influenced the whole of Mesoamerica and are known as the “mother culture” They are the ones responsible for the massive volcanic stone heads in this part of Mexico. They are also credited with the study of astronomy and developing mathematics and a first writing system. Oh and they invented popcorn!!!

With the almost flipper like arms.

The blue room and Classical period (250–900 CE) of the Maya and Aztecs and other fragmented

Unfired incredibly rare masterpiece
Fabulous gods

The change from one gallery to the other isn’t easily defined as all these cultures bled into each other which makes it very difficult to separate. The Mayans for example were around at the same time nearly as the Olmecs but hadn’t conglomerated and reached a stylistic zenith.

Mayan version of “the thinker”

The marked difference between the playful and exuberant ceramic figures and the stylised stone ones emphasises the separate uses of them

These beautiful stylised warrior statues grouped together for more impact by the curator.

The orange and green rooms Post Classic (900–1521 CE),

Mixed cultures 1400 1500 AD
Life size ceramic statue
Pot with codices
One of the jollier of the Mayan gods
The distinctive Mayan profile on this late relief

One thing I’m sure of is the ancient ancestors of Modern Mesoamericans used to love a party as much as their present day counterparts. All the way through my trip it was evident in all the art, fat babies and ball games included. Just look at the costumes and feathers and mad eyed gods. Check out the booze and drugs and well we can’t forget the human sacrifices…..

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