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Polychrome stucco sculpture of a character wearing a jaguar skin mask and a short skirt resembling the jaguar pelt, now on view in the exhibition “MAYA: Das Rätsel der Königsstädte” (Ruta Maya Foundation, Guatemala Register of Cultural Property No. 1.2 .1.299).

This object is part of a selection of 89 works of art, in the custody of La Ruta Maya Foundation, currently on show at the Historisches Museum der Pfalz in Speyer, Germany, until April 23, 2017. The exhibition includes works of art made of ceramics, copper, jade, stucco, stone, and limestone, among which there are highlights such as monuments with hieroglyphic writing, a cave painting on a stone flow (stalactite), a variety of figurines, and a mask made of jade mosaics.

The objects share the gallery with works from the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology MUNAE (Guatemala City), the “Dr. Juan Antonio Valdés” Museum/ Herrera Collection (Uaxactún, Petén), the Ethnologisches Museum of Berlin and the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne (Germany) and well as other collections. The exhibition will travel later to the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) in Spain until the beginning of 2018.

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Lintel 2 of Temple IV of Tikal (Guatemala) makes its first appearance outside Basel, Switzerland, during the exhibition MAYA at the Historisches Museum der Pfalz in Speyer, Germany

(Photo: Sofia Paredes Maury)