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Maya Tripod Bowl
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Maya Tripod Bowl

3-4th century CE, Guatemala, Mesoamerica. Metropolitan Museum of Art A favored vessel type of the Maya lowlands was one made in the shape of a tropical bird, perhaps a cormorant, in the act of catching a fish in its beak. The bird's forehead...
Maya Marble Vessel
Imageby James Blake Wiener

Maya Marble Vessel

A Maya tripod marble vessel. Travesia, Cortés, Honduras, 600-909 CE. (St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri)
Classical Maya Incense Container
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Classical Maya Incense Container

This painted incense container is made from cut stone and dates from c. 600-900 CE. Maya artisans created it in what is present-day Guatemala during the Classical era. (Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels)
Maya Noble Relief from Tabasco
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Maya Noble Relief from Tabasco

This Maya relief depicting a nobleman is made from chalkstone, and it comes from what is present-day Tabasco, Mexico. It dates from the Late Classic Period around the year 780 CE. (Museum Rietberg, Zürich).
The Maya
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The Maya "Murals" Structure at San Gervasio

Aptly named, this Maya structure contains fragmented murals that were painted with vivid colors of red, blue, ochre, and black. They were originally covered with geometric motifs, stepped lines, Grecians frets, and spirals. This structure...
The Maya
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The Maya "Alamo" Structure at San Gervasio

This temple was originally roofed although part of its vaulting, shaped like an inverted staircase, can still be seen on its southern side. There was once an altar within, where offerings were placed in Pre-Columbian times. The building was...
The Maya
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The Maya "Columns" Structure at San Gervasio

This Maya structure located on the Mexican island of Cozumel at the archaeological site of San Gervasio has seven columns, a bench running along the inner walls, and a throne or altar in the middle of the room. The chambers along the side...
Maya Tomb Structure at San Gervasio
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Maya Tomb Structure at San Gervasio

This Maya building located on the island of Cozumel is named so due to the finding a vaulted tomb in its interior, unbique in San Gervasio, Mexico. The strcutre is a platform since it had no building on tiop of it -- only benches -- and an...
Temple of the Inscriptions, Palenque
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Temple of the Inscriptions, Palenque

The Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque, Mexico. The pyramid was completed c. 682 CE and used as the tomb of the Maya king Kinich Janaab Pacal (r. 615-683 CE).
Tikal Main Plaza
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Tikal Main Plaza

The central plaza of Tikal, Guatemala. The Maya city flourished between 300 and 850 CE. On the left is the North Acropolis whilst on the right is Temple I, the tomb of Jasaw Chan K'awiil (r. 682-734 CE).