Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Nov 2012: When I went perambulating in the Mexican Jungle

Behind the Olmec gallery, I found an exit into the back garden.  photo 496-IMG_3635_zps877479b5.jpg 

I popped out and found myself in a wonderland

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Beautiful place, it has been setup to show examples of the temples and sculptures and statues and other objects commonly found in Mexico.

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panels showing the pelota games…

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oh! hello fugly!

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Small temples nestle in the middle of the tropical forests

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really well done

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The doors and temples just emerge out of the green gloom suddenly

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this has a structure which makes it look like it has a mouth for an opening.

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a stele below a big tree. Prisoners being beheaded?

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And then this little row of blockhouses

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Inside that blockhouse, are very highly decorated walls. Very bright. Beautiful. I loved it.

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I spot another stele

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Moving further, I come across what I can only term as a giant Brandenburg Gate in the jungle

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A most extraordinary gate cum temple

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glyphs on a stele

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you dont want to meet these two characters in the middle of the night, eh? 

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I turn back and see the mouth shaped temple door again. Man, those teeth at the bottom are big..Want to see the toothbrush which is used to brush them? :P

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I now emerge at the back of another gallery, the Maya gallery

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A big gallery opens up in front of me

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curiously the displays are more like made out of crumbly stone or clay. Whilst its nice and sharp, but many of the bits are falling off.

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These were found in Chiapas. Yes, the same place where the rural villagers are still running a revolution…

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More display units..

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Some very very fine work on this round plaque. 


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these two didnt come out properly but the faces were really good, very lifelike.

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A fertility symbol. quads at least..

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See what I mean? fine work but some of the statues are made out of crumbly stone..

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And then more droolworthy displays

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Ah! a scribe. lovely wonderful work.

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The books just look so amazing

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A closer look at the great work done..just imagine the fine penmanship…mmm, one day I will get a copy of this kind of glyph book.

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the faces are much more realistic. Seriously better than the Olmec or Mexica sculptures.

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Bone and shell ornaments.

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I come to the end of the gallery…this was a really nice one..really liked it.

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