Museo El Príncipe Maya
This excellent private museum (6a Avenida 4-26 Zona 3, tel. 7952-2809, museoprincipemaya [at] yahoo [dot] es, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., $2) harbors an impressive collection of artifacts, including carvings in mother-of-pearl and jade, polychromatic pottery, ceremonial objects, tools, and weapons. Among the highlights is a Classic-period hieroglyphic panel from Cancuén and an Olmec crystal figurine with decidedly Asian features.
The museum gets its name from a figurine of a Mayan prince dressed in full regalia, including a quetzal-feather headdress.
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