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Cultural Center Exhibition: Heavenly Jade of the Maya

Date: 19 Dec 2012 to 18 Feb 2013

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Washington, DC, United States

The Cultural, Solidarity and Creativity Affairs Division of the Inter-American Development Bank, through the IDB Cultural Center, is pleased to present the exhibit

Heavenly Jade of the Maya
Open to the public from December 19 to February 18, 2013 


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Cultural Center and the Country Department for Belize, Central America, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic, will host the exhibit entitled “Heavenly Jade of the Maya” comprising rare jade jewelry and objects from recent archaeological discoveries starting December 19, 2012.

The exhibit will commemorate the ending of the Maya calendar cycle (December 21, 2012) known as bak´tun, and the beginning of a new era. The Mesoamerican civilization studied the movement of the stars for centuries, and constructed a conceptual foundation to explain the relation of the individual and the cosmos. The exhibit displays the creative wealth worn by powerful nobles to keep their rituals and beliefs alive, since the Maya considered jade more precious than gold.

The contents of the exhibition are from the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala City. Part of the exhibition project includes financing a technical cooperation to train three Guatemalans in jade conservation in a newly installed laboratory facility at the museum.

IDB Cultural Center
Inter-American Development Bank
1300 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20577
Open: Mon-Fri 9:30 AM - 6 PM | Sat-Sun 11 AM - 6 PM
T. (202) 623-1213

Media contact: Iván Duque Marquez, 202 623 1671
Twitter @BIDCultura 

For group tours, please call 202 623 1213 

Photo caption
The exquisitely carved jade diadem represents K’awiil shown in low-relief profile with flames and a crossband motif on the forehead.
National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of Guatemala. Image courtesy Jesús López.


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