On display in the Briscoe Library July 7: Art of ancient Mexico

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to be able to host an exhibit of artwork from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM-San Antonio), beginning July 7th, 2011. The featured art —  reproductions of funerary artifacts from the cultures of West Mexico — will be on display in the School of Medicine’s Lecture Hall Commons through the end of August.

According to Paula de Gortari, who is mounting the exhibit for UNAM, the items to be displayed represent a vast area that includes  parts of the present-day states of Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit. The art that will be exhibited can be dated back to the years between 100 B.C and 300 B.C.

The figurines are  made from reddish or orange clay with geometric decorations in red, white, black and yellow. They depict pregnant women or women preparing food, musicians, dancers, flutists and warriors, all going about their daily activities. A unique and interesting feature of these figurines is their adornments: oversize ear and nose ornaments in the shape of a bar or a half moon, as well as bracelets and necklaces of several strands.

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