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Maya Art

In Gallery III, clay figurines, ceramic vessels, and carved stone panels give an idea of courtly life during the Late Classic period.

Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Gallery IV, Maya Palenque Panel

Maya art is vivid and representational. In Gallery III, clay figurines, ceramic vessels, and carved stone panels give an idea of courtly life during the Late Classic period. Maya artists reached across cultures for inspiration, as evidenced by a reused Olmec pendant, an imitation Teotihuacan vessel, and a Late Post-Classic mosaic mask in the Mixtec style. Maya beliefs are on display in Gallery IV, where mythical scenes and deities are represented on bowls, vases, eccentric flints, and other carvings. Objects currently on display in Galleries III and IV are part of Dumbarton Oaks' permanent collection.

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