The Great Teotihuacan Exhibit Arrives In The Mexican Capital

Por Dialogo
maio 26, 2009

The greatest exhibit ever shown about the explorations conducted over a century in the Pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan was presented today in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City (MNA). The exhibit contains 430 pieces found in Teotihuacan, located 37 kilometers to the Northeast of the Mexican capital and was founded approximately 150 years B.C., even though the origin of this civilization is unknown, as well as why they disappeared after the year 650 A.D. The museographic designer for the exhibit entitled “Teotihuacan”, City of the Gods”, Patricia Real, indicated to Efe that the exhibit is divided into nine thematic areas such as architecture, society, the findings of the Pyramid of the Moon, religion and the relationship to other Mesoamerican cultures, all of this exhibited in an area of 3500 square meters. “Teotihuacan has a great influence, in architecture as well as for the manufacture of items such as pottery and in the representation of gods”, Real explained. This archeological site was declared to be a World Cultural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1987. Teotihuacan spanned an area of 20 square kilometers and was inhabited by 100,000 people, which was the 6th largest population in the world at that time. Among the most prominent pieces are the Great “Jaguar de Xalla” and the “Disco de la Muerte”. Additionally, a replica of a burial site found in the Pyramid of the Moon is exhibited and different authentic objects that were found from the explorations of said building site. Statues, jewels, sculptures, murals, artifacts for crafts, vases, pots, small braziers and even a stucco spiral painted trumpet form the items found in the exhibit. The exhibit was designed to be presented at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, although it was first presented in the city of Monterrey in Northern Mexico and now in the capital city. From Paris it will also travel to the museums in Rietberg in Zurich (Switzerland), to the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, and probably also to Holland.