The Calakmul Jade Mask of Campeche

The jade mask of Calakmul, one of the main symbols of the ancient Mayan civilization, returns to Campeche after 8 years touring the world as cultural and historical ambassador of Mexico and Campeche.

“I think it’s the most beautiful of all, so being the most beautiful of all was the one that was taken to be an icon of Campeche and the one that has allowed us, the one that has been an ambassador of Campeche to the world,” said Claudia Escalante Díaz, director of INAH Campeche museums.

The mask was found in 1984 and was part of a mortuary offering that was found in one of the main buildings in the city of Calakmul that the Mayans built about 2,000 years ago in what is now the southeastern state of Campeche.

Also found were 9 other jade masks and the skeletal remains of Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk who was the K’uhul Kaan Ajaw or sovereign of the snake kingdom, known as Jaguar’s Claw, the last warrior king of the Maya.

“Archaeologists find their remains and their companions their grave goods. In addition to the jadeite masks that are very important pieces because it also tells us about the commercial relationships that there were, “said Antonio Benavides Castillo, delegate of INAH in Campeche.

The mask, made in jade and applications of seashells and gray obsidian, has traveled several countries as an important piece of exhibition in museums in Paris, London, New York and Beijing, among others:

“This mask had been on loan for 14 years and in many places around the world and when we finally brought it to Campeche,” said Claudia Escalante Díaz, INAH Campeche Museum Director.

The jade masks represented the face that the Mayan dignitaries wanted to show when appearing before the gods of the underworld or kingdom of the dead and will be permanently exhibited in the Museum of Maya Architecture, located in the Baluarte de la Soledad.

Thanks to TelevisaNews for this article.

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