Aspect of the Temple of the Paintings of Bonampak, a piece included in the exhibition Bonampak: A history under construction, which is housed in the Regional Museum of Chiapas, in Tuxtla Gutiérrez
The ritual, ceremonial, heritage and architectural grandeur of the Bonampak archaeological zone, as well as the iconography of its murals, considered the most significant and best preserved of the Mayan culture, can be seen from September 7 at the Bonampak exhibition: A history under construction, at the Regional Museum of Chiapas, in Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
In the statement issued by the federal Ministry of Culture, through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the INAH Chiapas Center and the Regional Museum of Chiapas, Valente Molina Pérez, director of the site, explains that this temporary exhibition will of the valuable archaeological work that researchers from the state INAH Center in Bonampak have developed for 29 years, in addition to the fact that it seeks to transmit to society the spatial and territorial magnitude of this archaeological zone.
The exhibition will bring together 63 archaeological pieces recovered from the offerings associated with burials, most of them from the Late Classic period (600-800 AD), including vessels, figurines, ceramic plates and ornamental objects such as earrings, beads and earrings made of jadeite or green stone. .
The curatorship was in charge of the professor-researcher of the INAH Chiapas Center Alejandro Tovalín Ahumada, with the collaboration of the assistant archaeologist Julia Leticia Moscoso Rincón, who were joined by the contributions of museographers, heritage managers and cultural promoters.
Regarding the name, Bonampak: A history under construction, Molina Pérez explained that it is due to the fact that the investigation of the archaeological site is a continuous process, where various lines of study allow the gradual reconstruction of the historical past of this city, abandoned more than a thousand years ago. years.
The iconography of the pictorial works on the walls of Structure I, known as the Building of the Paintings, will also be part of this exhibition, where the visitor will be able to see the murals with which Bonampak is identified worldwide and that show scenes whose interpretation It has been of great help to learn about aspects of the culture and history of the former residents of the site.
Bonampak is located in the northern half of the Lacanjá river valley, near the border with Guatemala, in the area known as Selva Lacandona, in the municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas. It covers 4 thousand hectares and has 172 housing complexes scattered over a long strip of land; The most important buildings are located in the Acropolis, among them, that of the Paintings.
The exhibition is a recognition of the world archaeological importance and the heritage contribution of this pre-Hispanic Mayan site and will be open to the public from September 7, 2022 to March 3, 2023, in the Temporary Exhibition Hall of the Regional Museum of Chiapas, located at Calzada de las Personas Ilustres s/n, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.