Rubbings from Ancient Mexican Reliefs

July 20, 1962 - September 1, 1962

An exhibition of 29 rubbings from ancient stone carvings at Monte Alban, Mexico. Executed by Mr. and Mrs. William Shevis of Lincolnville, they were made by rubbing on cloth over carvings with a combination of charcoal and linseed oil, to make the works permanent. Monte Alban was probably established between 700 and 300 B.C. Buildings at this time consisted chiefly of large platforms with vertical sides decorated with slabs of stone. These decorations depict rows of carved figures, with a strange attitude that has led to their name, the “Dancers.”  These human figures are undoubtedly related, although not closely, to Olmec art. Many of the figures are accompanied by glyphs, including numerical signs, and these are interesting since they prove that a calendar and a system of writing were already known in those early days.