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Portadores del cielo

These sculptures, standing with upraised arms, as if they were supporting something, are called Atlantes and were very populär from 900 to 1250 AD in Chichén Itzá. On the lintel they are supporting is an inscription that says that on 10.2.1.9.9 9 Muluk 7 Sak of the Maya calendar (July 26, 878 AD) "the carved lintel sculpture of Lord Jawbone's house was presented". He ruled Chichén Itzá and was the father of other well-known local leaders: K’inil Kopoi and K'ahk’upakal, who are also named in the inscription.

Atlantes (centro)
2 Atlantes y dintel (izquierda)
Chichen Itzá, Yucatán
Clásico Terminal/ Posclásico Temprano (900-1250 D.C.)
Piedra caliza
INAH. Museo de sitio de Chichén Itzá, Yucatán

© Foto: Haupt & Binder

Mayas, el lenguaje de la belleza

Exposición itinerante del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), México. Informaciones y foto tour por la presentación en Berlín, 2016.


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