National Museum of Anthropology--page 9

Photographs of works in the museum are arranged based on the museum's organization:

Preclassic Works--page 1
Teotihuacán Culture--page 2 and 3
Toltec Culture--page 4
Mexica Culture--page 5 and 6
Oaxaca/Zapotec examples--page 7
Maya Culture--page 8 and 9

Examples from Maya Culture

Left: Figure of a young man from Cumpich, Yucatán

This statue is seen as evidence for phallus worship among the Maya.

Center: Symbolic figure from Chichen Itzá


Small Atlantes figures from Temple of the Tiger, Chichen Itzá

Postclassic. Stone, height: more than 80 cm.

These figures, influenced by Toltec culture, take the form of warriors, dressed in feather capes, short kilts, pectorals (a jaguar pectoral on the figure on the right), earplugs and sandals. They would have been the support for altars or platforms.

Descending god from Dzibanché, Quintana Roo

Polychrome stucco.

This descending god is associated with the corn worship.

Center: So-called Queen of Uxmal

Late Classic, Puuc period. Stone; height: 80 cm

A priest emerges from the gaping jaws of a serpent. This figure is associated with Kukulkán, a civilizing god-hero.

Details of the frescoes from the Temple of Paintings at Bonampak (copies)

One represents a ceremony with priests and dancers. The other two represent battle scenes.

A scale model of a building at Hochob, Campeche

This facade is in the typical Chenes style with a large mask of the rain god framing the doorway. (See also Chicanná)

Examples of ball court rings

(These were in the open court and may not be Mayan in origin.)

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