El Museo de Escultura de Copan: Arte maya antiguo en estuco y piedra

by Barbara W. Fash

"An excellent book that tells us two inspiring stories. One is how a handful of dedicated experts helped to conceive, design, and build a new museum in rural Honduras while providing a model of how to partner intelligently and respectfully with a community that benefits not only from the presence of a world-class museum, but also deepens its own connection with its ancient cultural heritage. The second story is of the spectacular stone sculpture of the Mayan site of Copan…Barbara Fash…gives us a thorough introduction to ancient Mayan culture, while offering a wealth of archaeological detail, much of it fascinating."

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Opened in 1996, the Copan Sculpture Museum was initiated as an international collaboration to preserve Copan’s original stone monuments. Its exhibits represent the best-known examples of building façades and sculptural achievements from the ancient kingdom of Copan. The creation of this on-site museum involved people from all walks of life: archaeologists, artists, architects, and local craftspeople. Today it fosters cultural understanding and promotes Hondurans’ identity with the past. In The Copan Sculpture Museum, Barbara Fash—one of the principal creators of the museum—tells the inside story of conceiving, designing, and building a local museum with global significance. Along with numerous illustrations and detailed archaeological context for each exhibit in the museum, the book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and culture of the ancient Maya and a model for working with local communities to preserve cultural heritage.

Co-published with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University

Errata Il Museo Escultura Copan PDF


ISBN 9780873658607

216 pages
198 color illustrations
34 line illustrations
35 halftones, and 2 maps