Posts tagged Miranda
Posts tagged Miranda
These past few days I have been collecting all the photographs that have been taken of the various objects that will be on display in the exhibition. Since there is a wide array of documents for each artifact, there are multiple pictures from different days either in condition reports or other folders. Creating an organized system for arranging and making sure that all the photographs ever taken are together in their appropriate folders was a great preview and it heightened my anticipation for seeing the objects themselves
The packaging process was eye-opening. The jade carvings looked much smaller in the pictures, but in actuality they were impressively large. It was also really fun to be able to associate certain pieces with the history I know of the 16 Kings that ruled over Copan. For example, I could identify a representation of K’inich Yax K’uk Mo, the first king and founder of Copan, based on his goggle eyes. Although this is elementary knowledge for anyone that studies the Maya, the ability to make connections based on newly acquired knowledge is always satisfying.
Copan as a town is fabulous. Although I have traveled to Honduras before, this is my first time in Copan. Compared to the other regions of the country that I have been to such as La Paz and Tegucigalpa, Copan is much more of a tourist town –there are lots of small, charming restaurants and souvenir shops that have beautifully embroidered bags, pulseras, and beaded jewelry. The town is small but lively. Following the typical Latin American city plan, Copan is centered around a park. There are food venders selling chicken, tortillas, rice, and cotton candy throughout the square, children running and playing with one another, couples walking together, and tourists admiring the sites. Although we are working about five minutes outside of the centro, closer to where the actual ruinas are, it is nice to come back to this lovely town after a long day of work.
Greetings from Copan!
My name is Miranda Saylor and I am a junior studying Art History and History. I am from Montclair, New Jersey. I transferred from Barnard College this year, and one of my reasons for coming to University of Pennsylvania was because of the Penn Museum. When applying to transfer, I was aware the museum’s impressive Mesoamerican Gallery and was very interested in studying the collection. In addition to my major, I love studying history, Spanish, and Latin America in general. I initially applied to be a part of the Maya 2012 exhibition team because it was a unique opportunity that combined all of these interests. Like Emily, I am also in Honduras right now, assisting with the documentation of the objects that will be transported to Philadelphia. Today, Dr. Loa Traxler, the curator of the exhibition, gave us a wonderful tour of the ruins, which was a great introduction to the site.
In addition to our involvement here in Copan, I am the coordinator of our blog. “Maya 2012 – From Copan to Penn” is meant to record the exhibition’s development, but from the unique insider perspective of students working together as a team as well as independently on our individual areas of study. I am also working on the outreach initiative for the exhibition as part of the Maya 2012 Community Advisory Board Committee. The final aspect of my independent study is the research component. Leading up to this trip, I have been reading about Maya civilization in present day Latin America. I hope to incorporate this research with content specific to this exhibition, whether that be ceramics or portrayals of kings and gods has yet to be decided. So far, working with this exhibition team has been a fantastic experience, and I am excited to see what the rest of this week has in store for us.