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Hieroglyphic Altar

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.

Date:

A.D. 650/700

Artist:

Late Classic Maya
Possibly Bonampak/Lacanha area, Mexico or Guatemala

About this artwork

This altar depicts the head and torso of an individual wearing an ornate headdress and a large, woven mat pectoral emblem of rulership. He appears within a four-lobed cartouche, suggesting that he is a deceased ancestor who lives in the Underworld. The hieroglyphs that surround the figure describe the commemoration of a monument or structure; the text carved around the sides of the monument celebrate a successor’s completion of six years of kingship.

Status

On View, Gallery 136

Department

Arts of the Americas

Culture

Maya

Title

Hieroglyphic Altar

Origin

Bonampak

Date

650 CE–700 CE

Medium

Limestone

Dimensions

21.6 × 37.5 × 41.9 cm (8 1/2 × 14 3/4 × 16 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Baker

Reference Number

1971.895

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