University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Sarah Kurnick

Crossing Boundaries

Maya Censers from the Guatemala Highlands

By: Sarah Kurnick

The ancient Maya universe consists of three realms—the earth, the sky, and the Underworld. Rather than three distinct domains, these realms form a continuum; their boundaries are fluid rather than fixed, permeable rather than rigid. The sacred Tree of Life, a manifestation of the resurrected Maize God, stands at the center of the universe, supporting […]


Bringing Maya Sculpture to Life

Book News & Reviews

By: Sarah Kurnick

The Copan Sculpture Museum: Ancient Maya Artistry in Stucco & Stone by Barbara W. Fash (Cambridge: Peabody Museum Press, 2011). 216 pp.; paperback. $35.00, 198 color illus., 34 line illus., 35 halftones, 2 maps; Spanish edition also available. ISBN 978-0-87365-858-4 Reviewed by Sarah Kurnick , Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. […]