Cave Painting Exhibited to the Public
A painting executed in black paint on a flowstone cave fan was presented to the public by La Ruta Maya Foundation as part of the exhibition THE WORLD OF THE MAYAN ARTIST, at the "Antiguo Colegio de la Compañía de Jesús" in Antigua Guatemala.
The flowstone fan stands out for having a scene with two characters performing a period-ending ritual, as indicated by a short hieroglyphic text with the Calendar Round date 9 Ajaw 3 Muwan.
Researchers Examine a Block with Hieroglyphic Inscriptions
A limestone block carved with hieroglyphs -from La Ruta Maya collection- was examined by specialists in art history, archeology and epigraphy, in order to determine -at least partially- the lost history of an object that was looted years ago.
Known as the Hiix Witz Panel, this block is registered with the No. 18.104.22.1685 at the Cultural Heritage Registry of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and is dated to the Late Classic period (600-900 AD). However, little was known about it, as it had been ripped from its original context, destroying any related information. Therefore, it was urgent and important to identify it. The archaeologist and Pre-Columbian art historian, Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet, and epigrapher Simon Martin, made a careful examination of its style and hieroglyphic texts and concluded that:
News About Our Collection
La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation received, from Dr. Francis Robicsek, a collection of slides of architectural remains, monuments, and views of archaeological sites in Mesoamerica, taken by him in the mid-20th century. The slide collection is in the process of analysis and organization into a comprehensive database, which will be available to researchers and the interested public.
Dr. Robicsek also donated 23 sets (each set containing 5 books) of the “Biologia Centrali-Americana; or Contributions to the Knowledge of the Fauna and Flora of Mexico and Central America” by Alfred Percival Maudslay, which were reprinted from the original plates by Milpatron Publishing Corp, New York, in 1974.
Restored Jade Mask
A mosaic mask of La Ruta Maya Foundation, was restored from a handful of small pieces of jade, coral and shell. The batch of mosaic pieces was registered a few years ago with the No. 22.214.171.1241 by the Cultural Heritage Registry, who put the number behind the part identified as the nose. The mosaics of jade were put in place and glued on a resin base. The restoration was based on careful studies of the pieces and is completely reversible.
This object was part of the permanent exhibition of the Príncipe Maya Museum, which was located in the center of the city of Cobán, Alta Verapaz (Guatemala). This collection, unable to continue under the care of the previous holders, became part of the Ruta Maya Foundation to ensure safekeeping, care, access to researchers and students, and its exhibition to the general public.