Mayan words for beauty and death seem a fitting title to this art exhibit as most of the art pieces are centered on these two powerful and influential forces, which seemed to have been the muses for Mayan artists. This exhibit starts from the Preclassic period, to the Classic, and even into the Postclassic era of Mayan art work. Within these classifications the pieces are arranged by purpose, such as wall ornamentation, vases and urns, then figurines. While Mayans created a plethora of art pieces, many of their art was systematically destroyed after Europeans conquered the Americas, however their structures, sculptures, and even some writings have survived as you see here. The Mayans were extremely craft full people with the ingenuity to create vast temples and even a highly complex writing system comprised of hieroglyphics. Many of the art pieces in this exhibit are inlayed with hieroglyphics depicting the myths and tales of this marvelous culture. Their sculptures tell many accounts of gods and goddesses as well as warriors and rulers which shaped the Mayan way of life. Stone, jade and other precious medals were used to create such representations. Most of these surviving pieces are stone or ceramic as much of the gold or gemmed artifacts were possibly destroyed by pilfering Europeans. While glancing at these relics, a very evident item of note is how Mayans often captured their people from the side with large almond shaped eyes, pronounce noses, and swept up hair which was deemed as beautiful to the Mayan culture. Many of the events tell tales of death and sacrifice which perhaps alludes to be a common representation of the viciousness of the times. There is a sense of awe however at the glorification of the brutal life and productive lives Mayan lived by looking to their art as representations of their history.