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Ancient Mayan exhibition displayed in Tokyo National Museum

By Tribune Travel

June 20, 2023

The Tokyo National Museum now has Mexico’s Ancient Mayan Exhibition on display. The Special Exhibition Galleries in the Heisei Building are hosting the country’s artwork.

Valued sculptures, ceremonial items, and antiquated manuscripts from Mexico are on display and provide insight into these three pre-Hispanic civilizations.

On June 16, the National Museum of Tokyo opened its doors to the general public for the exhibition titled Ancient Mexico: Maya, Aztec, and Teotihuacan.

An exhibition on ancient Mexican civilizations hasn’t been held in Japan since 1995.

The exhibition will be on view in the Asian location through September 3, 2023, inviting visitors to set out on an enthralling journey and discover the wonders of ancient Mexico.

The museum assembly includes 143 pieces, 139 of which are original and four are replicas, and it focuses on three important civilizations: the Maya, the Aztec, and Teotihuacan.

The four chapters cover sculptures, paintings, ritual objects, and old manuscripts. The first chapter, “Invitation to Ancient Mexico,” the second, “Teotihuacán, City of the Gods,” the third, “Maya: The Rise and Fall of City-States,” and the fourth, “Aztecs and the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan,” are among them.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Nippon Hoso Kyokai were involved in the event’s organization along with the Secretariat of Culture of the Government of Mexico.

Following its run in Tokyo, the exhibition will travel to the Osaka National Museum of Art from February 6 to May 6, 2024, and then the Kyushu National Museum in Fukuoka from October 3 to December 10, 2023.





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