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Copan. Grand Plaza; Stelae B; C; and D with Temple II In the background.
3rd-9th c Pre-Columbian: Mesoamerican Mayan (Classic) Architecture

MAYAN Anonymous (active Classic/ Post Classic c. 200 - 1520)
200-900
3rd-9th c
Mayan (Classic)
Architecture
Copan. Honduras.

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A ruler of great architectural vision, 18 Rabbit shaped his city's sacred center into its greatest and most elegant incarnatíon. Over a twenty five year period, he remade the Great Plaza north of the BalIcourt, erecting one stele after another, each portraying him in the ritual guise of a different god and more often than not as the embodiment of the World Tree. He created a forest of images manifesting the axis of communication and himself in the guise of the actors of the Creation myth. The big-stone forest also reflects a cosmic pattern, timed by the movements of Venus and the other planets, all interacting with the movements of the Milky Way and the constellations.

Caption: MAYA | Grand Plaza; Stelae B; C; and D with Temple II In the background. | 200-900 | Pre-Columbian: Mesoamerican | Maya Classic

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