May 16th - September 22nd 2012At the Mexican Cultural Institute


The man-made island of Jaina, off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the State of Campeche, was an extremely important Mayan ritual and religious site in the Classic Period (600-900 AD). This exhibition presents a selection of over 50 'Jaina style' figurines discovered on the island that depict various aspects of Mayan cosmology, religious beliefs and society, accompanied by a small selection of vessels and objects. Together, they provide fascinating insight into one of Mexico's most intriguing ancient civilizations. Organized in collaboration with Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA), National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and its regional Campeche Center, this display celebrates the Maya's incredible cultural and artistic legacy in Mexico. This presentation is part of a year-long series of events around the globe that have been organized in 2012 to highlight various aspects of the Mayan World. This exhibition is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009
Gallery Hours: 10 - 6pm M-F, 12 - 4pm Sat
Free Admission