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- Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya museum street banners- The ceramic censer stand with human face from AD 700-800 is in the collection of the Museum de Sitio de Palenque in Mexico. These banners were hung around San Francisco to promote the exhibition, Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya which was held at the Legion of Honor, September 4, 2004 through January 2, 2005. It was jointly organized with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
This particular stand was unearthed near Chiapas, Mexico, home to the ancient city of Palenque. The king of this court was Pakal, who ruled from AD 615 – 683, followed by his sons who ruled through the 9th century. Archaeologists unearthed Pakal’s tomb in the 1950s, and the area has since proven to be one of the best preserved sites, and a rich source of objects and information about the Maya.
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