I don't normally get exhibition guides for exhibitions I haven't been to. But my husband bought me this one for Chiristmas and I'm very glad he did. This is a lovely book with some pictures of amazing objects that you don't normally get to see. The book was quite detailed and covered mainly the life of the upper classes and the warriors. Unfortunately not much seemed to be said about women, though they did mention a few interesting queens. I wouldn't recommend this as a place to start learning about Mayan history or culture but a good book for those who are already a bit familiar with it.

The book consists of essays about different aspects of life amongst the elite, including myths, warfare and artisans. The objects themselves are lovely and the text about each is worth reading. It ends with a lovely collection of short articles about recent archaeological excavations.

A very pretty book, I wish I could have made it to the exhibition!


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