Chichén Itzá

Title

Chichén Itzá

Publisher

Lawrence Technological University

Date Created

February 28, 2018

Alternative Title or Name

Platform of Eagles and Jaguars

Creator2

Aluzzo, Adrienne (photographer)

Work Type

visual works

Date

c. 1000

Work Location

Mexico (nation)

Chichén Itzá (deserted settlement)

Style/Period

Late Classic

Subject

reliefs (sculptures)
platforms (general)

Description

Detail view of relief of a skull with an eagle on either side at the Platform of Eagles and Jaguars in Chichen Itza, Mexico. “The platform of Eagles and Jaguars … This rectangular platform resembles that of Venus and other constructions built in the Maya – Toltec style. It has four small staircases, one on each side. The balustrades of these steps represent ascending plumed serpents which end with serpent figureheads in the upper part of the building. Prostrate figures are found on the panels and beneath them, eagles and jaguars clutching human hearts. These animals possibly represented warrior castes. The platform was probably used for religious or ceremonial purposes and dates to approximately sometime between 900 and 1200 A.D.”—Plaque at monument.

Material/Medium

limestone

ID Number

2017MX-175

Files

2017MX-175.JPG
Date Added
January 17, 2018
Collection
LTU Digital Images
Item Type
VRA Core
Citation
“Chichén Itzá,” LTU Digital Images, accessed October 20, 2018, https://ltuimagecollection.omeka.net/items/show/17561.