Marvels of Ancient Mexico at LACMA; Richard Chang; Artinfo

Mexico – Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan was one of the great ancient cities of the Americas. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Mexico’s most frequently visited ruin, it remains one of the Americas’ greatest mysteries.

About 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, Teotihuacan dates back as early as 200 B.C., reached its peak around 450 A.D. with a population that exceeded 100,000, and then began to decline. It was eventually sacked and burned by outside invaders in the sixth century.

Through July 15, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting “City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan” in its Resnick Pavilion. It’s an amazing collection of beautiful, hand-carved, often mystical work. Some of the artifacts have never before been seen in the United States. And some objects have never been seen, period, since they were buried in a secret passageway between 100 A.D. and 250.

The objects — made of stone, ceramic, shell, obsidian, jade, marble and other materials — shed light on the culture, arts and traditions of a people who occupied what was once the biggest city in Mesoamerica.

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