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September 30, 2017 – February 11, 2018 at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Teotihuacan is one of the earliest, largest, and most important cities in the ancient Americas. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the the most visited archaeological site in Mexico. I thought the exhibit was fabulous and am showing you my favorite items.This exhibition brings together art and artifacts from recent excavations along with objects found 100 years ago. Storm God(building marker) 400-500, ceramic

Storm God vessel, 150-250 (found in the Sun Pyramid)

Old Fire God sculpture, 150-500, stone

Masks, 300-600, travertine

These 3 little ladies were my very favorites.  They are about 4 inches high and show you what women wore.

There were also similar statues of ladies with their babies.

Incised drain cover and plug, 450-550

Teotihuacan covered about 8 sq miles. Construction appears to have begun sometime between 50 and 150 CE. The largest monuments were constructed between 300 and 400 CE. At the completion of the city, a dedication event was held that involved human and predatory animal sacrifice. (removing hearts) Many of these offerings may have had connections to rituals relating to the origin of the cosmos.

Avian effigy vessel 250-350, ceramic, shell, greenstone and stucco

Old Fire God sculpture, 450-550

Standing figurine, 150-250 Sun Pyramid  Greenstone

Feathered Serpents and Flowering Trees mural 500-550 what you see below the trees are the roots.  Earthen aggregate, stucco, and mineral pigments.

Mural fragment (bird with shield and spear) 500-550 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

In about 550 CE the ceremonial center of the city was burned. Art and statues were intentionally smashed and scattered. After the great fire, the 400 year old City fell apart. Much of the population left the city, and Teotihuacan’s dominance ended.

This is a large standing figure made out of Calcite marble.  It was smashed during the time of the fire. The compound of Xalla where the fire was set, was east of the Moon Pyramid plaza and north of the Sun Pyramid. This area was probably where the city’s ruling class lived.