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Stone carving (Stela D) at Maya site of Quirigua, Guatemala

Stone carving (Stela D) at Maya site of Quirigua, Guatemala
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actual image size: 22cm x 27cm


View of a large stone carving at the ancient Maya site of Quirigua located near the banks of the Motagua river in the department of Izabal, Guatemala. The photograph shows the north face of a carved stone stela known by archaeologists as Stela D, as it was first described by Alfred Maudslay in his seminal publication of the Quirigua site in his multi-volume Archaeology (1889-1902). More recent scholarship dates the stela (also known as Monument 4) to, 7 Ahau 18 Pop (Maya calendar), or A.D. 766 in the standard Western (Gregorian) calendar. The monument was created during the later part of the sixty-year reign of K'ak' Tiliw Chan Yopaat. It was one of a number of stelae and zoomorphs erected at Quirigua as part of a complex building programme which took place at the height of the city-state's power during the Late Classic period, and whose primary aim was to legitimate and reinforce the power of the ruler.

Due to the nature of these images, prints will reproduce any signs of age, wear or damage that occurred before they were archived by the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Image Details

Accession Number
Izabal; Quirigua [Quirigu√°]
Cultural Group
Alfred Percival Maudslay
March - May 1883

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