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Yaxchilan: Lintel 23
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LOCATION Found during excavation by Roberto Garcia Moll in 1979. The lintel lay among debris in front of the doorway in the western end of Structure 23 that leads into the front chamber. It has since been placed once more over the now reconstructed doorway.

CONDlTlON Broken into two pieces. The front edge and rather more than half of the underside are in nearly pristine condition, except for some pitting and unusual erosion cavities that surround the glyph-blocks, the latter perhaps owing their origin to rows of drill holes that may have outlined the raised blocks, as have been noted on a few other sculptures, notably Dos Pilas Stela 8.

MATERIAL Fine-grained limestone.

SHAPE A well-formed lintel with parallel sides.

CARVED AREAS Underside and front edge.

PHOTOGRAPHS Graham, 1979.

DRAWINGS Graham, based on field drawings corrected by artificial light.

REMARKS I have followed Garcia Moll's suggestion that, as number 23 in Majer's numbering of the lintels came to be unassigned, that number should be assigned to this lintel. Since other lintels from the same structure are numbered 24 to 26, this is perfectly appropriate.

DIMENSIONS

Underside: MW 0.85 m
HSc 0.86 m
WSc 0.67 m
MTh 0.24 m
Rel 0.9 cm
Front: HSc 0.16 m
WSc 0.86 m
 

 

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