Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

On view March 27, 2010 to July 18, 2010

Surrounded by the sea in all directions, the ancient Maya viewed their world as inextricably tied to water. More than a necessity to sustain life, water was the vital medium from which the world emerged, gods arose and ancestors communicated. Over 90 works, many never before seen, offer exciting new insights into Maya culture that focus on the sea as a defining feature of the spiritual realm and the inspiration for the finest works of art. Fiery Pool was organized by Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum and Stephen D. Houston, The Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and Professor of Archaeology at Brown University.

This exhibition, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Because democracy demands wisdom. Additional support provided by ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations). Exhibition supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Touring Schedule

Peabody Essex Museum | www.pem.org | March 27, 2010 - July 18, 2010

Kimbell Art Museum | www.kimbellart.org | August 29, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Saint Louis Art Museum | www.slam.org | February 13, 2011 - May 8, 2011

Media Partner: WGBH