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.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Maya

Title

Hieroglyphic Altar

Origin

Bonampak

Date

650 AD–700 AD

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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