Panel 6

CULTURE:
Maya
DATE:
731 CE
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General Description

This finely carved stone panel is from the site of La Corona, a ruin discovered in 1997 by Maya archaeologists. Prior to the site's discovery, the unknown origin for this panel and many other sculptures had been known to Maya scholars as Site Q. The stone panel commemorates a period ending of a twenty-year cycle (k'atun) in the Maya calendar system—9.15.0.0.0, 4 Ajaw 13 Yax in the Maya Long Count, which is equivalent to August 18, 731 CE.

More specifically, the carved panel celebrates an extended history of intermarriage between the rulers of La Corona (or Sak Nikte', meaning "White Flower" or "White Flower Tree") and royal women of the Snake (Kan, or Kanal) court. The latter royal court was centered at the sites of Dzibanche and Calakmul through the Classic period. Three dates are recorded for the arrival (hul) of the Kan women—520, 679, and 721 CE—documenting the elite connections between these Maya centers for over 200 years.

The relief imagery depicts the current queen of La Corona (and daughter of the Calakmul king), adorned in a beaded skirt and standing within a watery temple that is supported by old gods. Across from her is the queen who arrived at La Corona from the Kan court nearly two centuries earlier, in 520 CE. She resides under a central Mexican or Teotihuacan style feline, facing her successor. The panel thus documents a longstanding historical connection between two Classic Maya royal courts.

Excerpt from

Carol Robbins, Label text, A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010 [originally David Freidel, PhD, and Richard R. Brettell, PhD, Label text, 1993].

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