What: DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN ART OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS
Food of Power: The History of Chocolate among the Ancient Maya
Dorie Reents-Budet, Visiting Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Mint Museum, Charlotte; Senior Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Chocolate drinking rituals were at the heart of Classic Maya social politics. New archaeological data and analyses of Maya ceramics reveal that the tradition has ancient roots before 1200 BCE. Reents-Budet explores the Mayan history of chocolate rituals from their earliest beginnings in Honduras and Belize to their full expression during the Classic Period (250-850 CE) through ornate pictorial ceramics created for the Maya nobility.
WHO: The Walters Art Museum
WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 1 p.m.
WHERE: The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Graham Auditorium
The Walters Art Museum