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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Room 27

Today for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula, we arrive at Room 27 of the British Museum, featuring works from Mexico.

This gallery traces the history of Mexico and its various cultures including the Mayans, Aztecs and Olmecs. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Yaxchilan lintel 24, 600-900 AD, by Unknown
2. The Turquoise Mosaics, 1400 – 1521,  by Unknown
3. Mosaic mask of Tezcatlipoca, 1400 – 1521, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The Mexican gallery not only houses a rich array of artefacts from the region, but also echoes its architectural style. Room 27 was created by the British Museum in collaboration with archaeologists from Mexico. The design aids in providing the viewer an immersive experience by creating an appropriate home for the invaluable objects it holds. The architecture underscores the history of the objects rather than overpowering it.
  • Our journey in the gallery begins in 2000 BCE. We then travel to the land of the Olmecs who lived between 1500 – 400 BCE. From there, we move to the period between 300 CE to 1200 CE when the Veracruz culture was thriving.
  • The gallery highlights the cultural similarities between various civilizations, places and cultures that historically existed in Mexico. These include Olmec, Huaxtec, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Aztec.

A Final Thought :

For the keen enthusiast, Room 27 at the British Museum provides a great deal of information and insight into the ancient land of Mexico. Be it the structure of their society, or the mysticism of their ritual, it gives us a glimpse into daily lives of the people that once inhabited these territories.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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