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Yaxchilan: Lintel 34
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LOCATION Found by Maler broken and partly fallen from its setting over the southwesternmost doorway of Structure 12. The triangular upper fragment was still( in place in 1975. Two other fragments are in storage at Yaxchilan, and a third, the bottom fragment, may be there too. A redpainted limestone fragment in the Peabody Museum (Cat. No. C-3945), which is carved in relief with one almost complete glyph and part of another, can be ascribed without doubt to this lintel. In view of the regret expressed by Maler (1903, p. 133) over the loss of other fragments of this lintel it is evident that he sent this one to the Peabody Museum to ensure its preservation.

CONDITION Broken into five known pieces and others now lost. The upper part and the Peabody Museum fragment are in pristine condition and retain their red paint. Part of the middle fragment was already badly eroded when photographed by Morley in 1931.

MATERIAL Fine-grained limestone.

SHAPE The sculptured surface is flat, and the sides seem to have been parallel.

CARVED AREAS Underside only.

PHOTOGRAPH Graham, 1975.

DRAWING Graham, based on a drawing corrected by artificial light.

NOTE The positioning of the Peabody Museum fragment at D2 in the drawing is conjectural and not supported by a mating of surfaces. In his field journal for April 17, 1931 (Peabody Museum Archives), Morley describes dearing debris down to floor level in this doorway and finding two small fragments, both fitting the north, or upper, end of the lintel. No photograph or drawing of these seems to exist, nor have the fragments come to light.

DIMENSIONS

MW 0.65 m
HSc unknown
WSc 0.55 m (approx.)
MTh not measured
Rei 0.4 cm
 

 

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