Murals by Hilaire Hiler seen at Maritime Museum, San Francisco - Atlantis and Mu
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Item Atlantis and Mu
Created by Hilaire Hiler

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The interior of Maritime Museum is painted with a large mural by Hilaire Hiler. It depicts the mythic continents of Atlantis and Mu. Many know the story of Atlantis, but Mu is not as well known. Mu is the name of a suggested lost continent whose concept and the name was proposed by 19th-century early Mayanist, archaeologist, photographer, traveler, and writer, Augustus Le Plongeon. Le Plongeon claimed that several ancient civilizations, such as those of Egypt and Mesoamerica, were created by refugees from Mu—which he located in the Atlantic Ocean. This concept was popularized and expanded by James Churchward, who asserted that Mu was once located in the Pacific.
Hilaire used soft pastel colors to portray these beautiful mythical continents.