View of a large stone carving at the ancient Maya site of Quirigua located near the banks of the Motagua river in the department of Izabal, Guatemala. The photograph shows a man standing beside the north face of a carved stone stela known by archaeologists as Stela F, as it was first described by Alfred Maudslay in his seminal publication of the Quirigua site in his multi-volume Archaeology (1889-1902). More recent scholarship dates the stela (also known as Monument 6) to 18.104.22.168.0, 1 Ahau 3 Zip (Maya calendar), or A.D. 761 in the standard Western (Gregorian) calendar. Considered to be one of the great masterpieces of Mesoamerican sculpture, the monument was created during the later part of the sixty-year reign of K'ak' Tiliw Chan Yopaat and marked the close of an era in the Maya calendar. It was one of a number of stelae and zoomorphs erected at Quirigua as part of a complex building programme which took place at the height of the city-state's power during the Late Classic period, and whose primary aim was to legitimate and reinforce the power of the ruler.
Due to the nature of these images, prints will reproduce any signs of age, wear or damage that occurred before they were archived by the Pitt Rivers Museum.
March - May 1883
Stone carving (Stela F) at Maya site of Quirigua, Guatemala