The objects in this museum of art date from about 200BCE to about 1200CE. They include funerary urns, religious bits and pieces, useful items for food storage or serving and many other objects with unknown reasons for existing. Celebrating the successes of individuals or showing how to play a role? Many questions. Many…
Anyhow, all in this museum are from this eastern and more southern parts of Mexico, some of the most important prehispánic empires. Makes me wonder why this set. What do the national, and international museums have? How reprentative is the small set of objects in this museum of that very long period of time and the many millions of lives and deaths in a big geographic area? Hmmm…
Anyhow, they are categorised here by type, sometimes by region. Some are small. Breastfeeding, for example is just like this now. I saw someone yesterday sitting after she’d finished feeding her young one but left her left breast out. No hurried hiding. And I said ‘the little one’ advisedly.
Well, every house must need a few gods of fertility.
Or perhaps people in each place could better remember successes in previous meetings or wars and show a captive, someone who lost THAT discussion. Nude and with his hands behind his back makes it clear who won that time!
Or fierce statues to scare neighbours or perhaps just to remember people at their best, the year they were the representative on earth of a god or just someone important, after death.
Thinking of death. The Day of the dead is very soon, 1st Nov. This celebration of the dead has been around for a very long time in one form or another. The God of the Dead is shown, sitting, below.
And a very old skull follows.
And it’s true, kids nowadays are just not the same. For one things, have you noticed the shapes of their heads. Way back, pre the Spanish arrival, some areas here knew what to do to get beautiful children.
Yes, flatten the front of their skulls to a higher posterior point. Very attractive.
You will need to choose which type of equipment you prefer.
I don’t know how extensive this tradition of skull flattening was, nor, the duration of this practice. I suspect it was neither extensive nor an extended practice. It was done around Campeche, in the Yucatan, but I don’t know where else. Wonder how long it took to ‘do’ a child? What age range?
As I left the museum a long line of people, a procession, from a particular church, walked past. The women typically wore local costumes. The apron is an important part and denotes the town or region.
And women do carry their youngest baby in a multipurpose shawl until it’s a great lump. Then perhaps to keep it under control but, the kids don’t seem to run wild here or to need heavy, loud control here.