Hieroglyphic Panel

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.

Date:

A.D. 650/800

Artist:

Late Classic Maya
Usumacinta River area, Mexico or Guatemala

About this artwork

The Maya developed hieroglyphic writing to record the names, births, marriages, alliances, victories and coronations, and deaths of their rulers. Mythological events and religious happenings were also carefully chronicled. Today scholars are deciphering this script and linking the translated information to additional archaeological evidence in order to reconstruct ancient Maya history, belief, and culture. This fragment from a hieroglyphic panel contains calendrical information that was part of a longer text.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Culture

Maya

Title

Hieroglyphic Panel

Origin

México

Date

650 AD–800 AD

Medium

Limestone

Dimensions

28.6 × 26.7 × 3.8 cm (11 1/4 × 10 1/2 × 1 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Claire B. Zeisler Foundation

Reference Number

1970.101

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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