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Temple of ‘Flayed Lord’ discovered in Mexico

Plus: Gaurav Bhatia resigns permanently as managing director of Sotheby’s India | and Ruth Estévez to be senior curator-at-large of Rose Art Museum

7 January 2019

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Temple of ‘Flayed Lord’ uncovered in Mexico | Archaeologists in Mexico have found the first known temple of the Mesoamerican god Xipe Tótec, or the ‘Flayed Lord’, in Puebla state. The temple has been attributed to Xipe in part due to the appearance of two stone carvings depicting the god, who is represented wearing the flayed skins of sacrificial victims. Two altars on the site may have been used for sacrifice or skinning, although the exact rituals that took place are unclear, according to the Smithsonian Magazine. The temple was discovered among the ruins, dating to between 1,000 and 1260 AD, of the pre-Hispanic Popoloca people.

Gaurav Bhatia resigns permanently as managing director of Sotheby’s India | Gaurav Bhatia has resigned permanently from his position as managing director of Sotheby’s India after sexual harassment claims. Bhatia had previously gone on ‘indefinite leave’ when the allegations surfaced on the Instagram account Scene and Herd in November of last year.

Ruth Estévez appointed senior curator-at-large of Rose Art Museum | Ruth Estévez has been appointed senior curator-at-large of Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts. Estévez is an independent curator who previously directed the REDCAT arts center in Los Angeles.

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