Artifacts from a
collection of Maya pottery once belonging to Bradford natives Jerome and the
late Jack Fishkin will be on display at the University of Pittsburgh at
Bradford from Thursday through Dec. 13.
The Fishkins donated the collection
to their alma mater, St. Bonaventure University, which is loaning the artifacts
for the exhibition in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall. An opening
reception will take place at 6:30 p.m Thursday and is free and open to the
public. Hours in the gallery are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The exhibition will feature Maya
ceramics from plates and bowls to wind instruments and incense burners. It will
also include scholarly research by Dr. Stephen Whittington of Wake Forest
University, which exhibited the artifacts in 2009.
“We are incredibly lucky to have a
collection of Mayan art of such high quality to enjoy here on campus. Normally
it would be necessary to travel hours to see a collection of this quality,”
said Dr. Michael Stuckart, associate professor of anthropology at Pitt-Bradford
who has studied and taught about Maya civilizations and traveled extensively in
Central and South Americas.
The Maya, Stuckart said, are
renowned in the fields of art, archaeology and anthropology for their many
significant cultural achievements in art, architecture, mathematics,
and urban planning.
Most of the artifacts on display
date from A.D. 600 to 900. Some of them depict the fierce blood-letting rituals
the Maya practiced as part of a ballgame often played with prisoners of war,
who were then beheaded if they lost, according to a 2009 interview with
The Fishkins purchased the artifacts
from a collector in 1979 in Florida, according to Jerome Fishkin.
“I was very interested in the
cultures of the world and so was Jack,” Fishkin said. Two years later, the
brothers donated the collection to St. Bonaventure, which cleaned and restored
the artifacts before putting them on display for a full academic year in the
Regina A. Quick Center of the Arts at St. Bonaventure. Hundreds of schoolchildren
saw and learned about the collection before it traveled to Wake Forest the
following academic year. During the 2012-13 academic year, the collection was
on view as part of “The Secrets of the Maya” at the South Carolina State Museum
in Columbia, S.C.
Jerome Fishkin’s wife, Alice, said
she is looking forward to seeing the artifacts on display again at
For more information, contact Patty
Colosimo, coordinator of arts programing at (814)362-5155 or Colosimo@pitt.edu.
For disability-related needs,
contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.