Maya Mania: Bring Home a Taste of Mesoamerica

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During the Classic period, members of the Maya royal court resided in richly decorated palaces containing offices, banquet halls, and schools as well as living areas. At the ROM Museum Store you can now find Maya-inspired elements to adorn the rooms of your own palace. Whether you're looking for cookware for the kitchen, toys and books for the playroom, or a beautiful piece of handmade art, find inspiration in the ROM's breathtaking exhibition on the ancient Maya civilization.

Keep your eyes peeled this spring for an array of new items arriving at the Museum Store, and be sure to visit Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World, on at the ROM until April 9, 2012.

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1. MARGARITA GLASSES

Get a jump on patio season with this gorgeous glassware, available in a variety of colours and patterns. $12.99 each. ROM Member price $11.69.

Why we love them! Each one is handmade from recycled glass.

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2. LIFE IN ANCIENT MEXICO COLOURING BOOK

Colour your way through the history of Pre-Columbian civilizations in ancient Mexico with this fun, educational book. $5.25. ROM Member price $4.72.

Why we love it! The detailed captions on each page are filled with fascinating information.

3. HANDMADE VASE

The elaborate, free-hand designs etched into this beautiful handcrafted piece of Fair Trade pottery are inspired by ancient Maya themes and motifs. $124.99. ROM Member price $112.49.

Why we love it! Each piece comes with a photo and biography of the artisan who created it.

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4. EXHIBITION SOUVENIR GUIDE

The official souvenir guidebook to Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World traces the history of the Classic Maya civilization--its kings and cosmos, architecture, astronomy, complex writing system, and the Long Count calendar and includes added bonus of coupons worth more than $10 in ROM stores and restaurants. …