The British Museum – through the Lens of a Camera pt. 3

Finally, my last batch of pictures taken at the British Museum on the 31st August 2015. These do not only follow some of these themes I have previously captured in the other images, but you may notice they insist on a topic I have been quite fond of as of late: the pre-Columbian cultures. As we know so little about them, what a better way that enlightenment through the few pieces of material culture that they left behind? Therefore, here you have my last update regarding these images.

Pre-Columbian artefacts

“Stone sculpture of female deities”, Huaxtec, AD 900-1450.

 

(the rest of the Huaxtec female deities, AD 900-1450)
(the rest of the Huaxtec female deities, AD 900-1450).

 

Xiuhcoatl, the fire serpent, Aztec basalt sculpture c. 1300 AD
Xiuhcoatl, the fire serpent, Aztec basalt sculpture c. 1300 AD.

 

Maya lintel 16, c. 755-770 AD - Depicting the ruler Bird Jaguar.
Maya lintel 16, c. 755-770 AD – Depicting the ruler Bird Jaguar.

 

Maya lintel 15 c.770 AD. From the Yaxchilan Structure 24, depicting the Bird Jaguar King.
Maya lintel 15 c.770 AD. From the Yaxchilan Structure 24, depicting the Bird Jaguar King.

 

Maya lintel 24 c.725. From Yaxchilan Structure 23 - Depicting Lord Shield Jaguar and his principal wife Lady Xoc, in what has been understood as a bloodletting ritual.
Maya lintel 24 c.725. From Yaxchilan Structure 23 – Depicting Lord Shield Jaguar and his principal wife Lady Xoc, in what has been understood as a bloodletting ritual.

 

Maya lintel 25 c.725. From Yaxchilan Structure 23. Blood offering ritual and the manifestation of Yat Balam, founder of the Yaxchilan dynasty.
Maya lintel 25 c.725. From Yaxchilan Structure 23. Blood offering ritual and the manifestation of Yat Balam, founder of the Yaxchilan dynasty.

 

"turquoise mosaic mask", Mixtec-Aztec, AD 1400-1521.
“turquoise mosaic mask”, Mixtec-Aztec, AD 1400-1521.

 

"turquoise mosaic mask", Mixtec-Aztec, AD 1400-1521.
“turquoise mosaic mask”, Mixtec-Aztec, AD 1400-1521.

 

Turquoise mosaic representing a double headed serpent produced by the Mixtec-Aztec culture 1400-1521. These pieces have been understood as potential remains of lapidary art.
Turquoise mosaic representing a double-headed serpent produced by the Mixtec-Aztec culture 1400-1521. These pieces have been understood as potential remains of lapidary art.

 

Ceremonial shield, Mixtec-Aztec AD 1400-1525.
Ceremonial shield, Mixtec-Aztec AD 1400-1525.

 

"Turquoise mask of Tezcatlipoca". Mixtec-Aztec AD 1400-1521. Tezcatlipoca was one of the four most powerful gods in the Aztec pantheon.
“Turquoise mask of Tezcatlipoca”. Mixtec-Aztec AD 1400-1521. Tezcatlipoca was one of the four most powerful gods in the Aztec pantheon.

 

"Cast of Stela H" from the Great Plaza of Copan, Honduras, AD 400-800. The cast was made in the 19th Century by Lorenzo Giuntini.
“Cast of Stela H” from the Great Plaza of Copan, Honduras, AD 400-800. The cast was made in the 19th Century by Lorenzo Giuntini.

 

Cast from the Temple of the Cross at Palenque (Mexico). Made in the 19th Century by Lorenzo Giuntini.
Cast from the Temple of the Cross at Palenque (Mexico). Made in the 19th Century by Lorenzo Giuntini.

 

…And I thought it would be fitting closing this update with a Northern American totem…

 

Totem in red cedar from British Columbia, 19th Century. Collected by Edmund Verney.
Totem in red cedar from British Columbia, 19th Century. Collected by Edmund Verney.
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