I promised we were going to Teotihuacán today, but I changed my mind.
I managed to see a couple of the other rooms in the National Museum of Anthropology. And I thought you might like to see a few more photographs.
I have no grand commentary because the objects have no common cultural source. But I found each piece to have its own interest.
Such as the rabbit pot at the top of this post. There was just something very humorous in its pose. Some artist had a nice bit of wit with that piece.
When I first saw these two statues, I mistook them for two tired and baffled tourists who tried to see too much of the museum in one day. I particularly like the look on the "wife's" face.
Or this Aztec deity doing his best to look furious, but looking more like he escaped from a Men in Black remake. It is a testament to American comedy that such creatures have been tamed in our minds.
This priestess is another piece that made me think the artist based it on a real person. If you increase the size of the photograph (by clicking on it), you can get a better view of her face. She could be my neighbor.
And speaking of my other Mexican neighbor, this is what he calls the Mexican salute. It appears to have a noble genesis.
And this piece seemed to be part of a Hummel "Lord of the Rings" figurine collection. And I do not mean that as an insult. It is a piece that I can immediately relate to. Ancient art was not all rigid deities and decapitated corpses.
But I saved this for last.
People often ask me why I like archaeology. The usual answer I give is that it helps us to understand who we are by letting us know who we were.
But the answer can even be more basic. Sometimes we simply find ourselves in the past. Who would think Marge Simpson's ancestor would show up in pottery form?
OK. I have had my little bit of fun.
Tomorrow we will go to Teotihuacán.