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Yaxchilan: Step 4
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Yaxchilan, Hieroglyphic Stairway 4

NOMENCLATURE The three inscribed blocks are numbered in Roman numerals I to III from southeast to northwest, that is, left to right. Individual hieroglyphs may be referred to in this form: YAX:HS.4-3,Bl.

LOCATION The steps were discovered in 1980 by Roberto Garcia Moll in the course of clearing and consolidating Structure 41. The three inscribed blocks are set into a step that runs the full width of the building, each step being set directly in front of one of the doorways.

CONDITION Block I: part of the carved surface carrying Column D of the inscription and a fragment carrying the central portion of the Introducing Glyph have split off, only the latter having come to light. Erosion varies from moderate to serious in different areas of the surface. Block II: broken into three or four pieces, only two of which have survived. Erosion of the surface has rendered the inscription illegible. Block III: intact and moderately well preserved.

MATERIAL Limestone of grayish color with, in the case of Block I, a pronounced laminar texture.

SHAPE Block III is well fashioned; the other two may have resembled it.

CARVED AREAS Tread only.

PHOTOGRAPHS Graham, 1980.

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

DIMENSIONS

Block I Block II Block III
HI 1.20 m 0.89 m 1.40 m
MW 0.50 m 0.58 m 0.72 m
HSc 1.01 m 1.05 m
WSc 0.38 m plus 0.44 m
MTh 0.08 m 0.16 m 0.18 m
Rel 0.4 cm 0.9 cm
 

 

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