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Kimbell Art Museum Gets Mayan Sculptures

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FORT WORTH (AP) – Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum has purchased two large seventh-century Mayan sculptures to become part of its permanent collection.

The sculptures — known as censer stands — are being described as some of the largest and most sophisticated free-standing sculptures used by the Maya in rituals and to venerate deities.

A museum curator, Jennifer Casler Price, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram only a few pieces are missing from the nearly 4-foot-tall works that came from the region near modern-day Chiapas, Mexico. Few of the censer stands remain in existence.

They go on display later this month.

Kimbell officials aren’t disclosing a purchase price, but art experts contacted by the newspaper Thursday put their value at over $1 million each.

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