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Yaxchilan: Lintel 44
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LOCATION The lintel, which spans the southeast doorway of Structure 44, must have been seen by Maudslay, but Maler was the first to make mention of it. Two important fragments constituting about one quarter of the lintel were excavated by Karl Ruppert in 1931 from debris in the doorway.

CONDITION Broken into five main fragments, three of which remain in situ, and other smaller pieces never found. Much of the sculptured surface toward the outer (right-hand) edge has been damaged, perhaps by fire, as Maler plausibly suggested. Elsewhere details of the sculpture are well preserved.

MATERIAL Very fine-grained limestone.

SHAPE As far as can be determined the lintel was carefully hewn, although the sides are not parallel but converge toward the top.

CARVED AREAS

Underside only.

PHaTOGRAPH Graham, 1975.

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

NOTE Morley designated the glyph columns on the lintels and hieroglyphic steps of Structure 44 as a single series, running from A to J". His scheme is presented graphically in The Inscriptions of Peten (Morley 1937-38, fig. 27). In the present work each lintel has its glyph columns lettered separately. The single column on this lintel. here called A, was given the letter L' by Morley.

DIMENSIONS

MW 0.98 m
HSc 0.98 m
WSc 0.84 m (approx.)
MTh 0.30 m
Rei 2.0 cm
 

 

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