Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton, NJ 8544
Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vases of the Ik' Kingdom will offer an intimate glimpse at the exceptionally painted chocolate-drinking cups of a single Maya center located in modern-day Guatemala. Ik' vases are acknowledged particularly for their naturalistic color, veristic portraiture, skillful rendition of graceful movement, and elegantly fluid, calligraphic line. Several Ik' vases were also signed by their painters -a convention attested in the ancient Americas only among the Maya of this region. Complementing our important holdings of Ik' vessels with loans of select masterpieces from other museum collections, the exhibition will both elucidate the courtly politics and dynastic history of the Ik' kingdom and reveal the vital role of master artists in these intrigues. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.