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Palenque Sarcophagus Lid of King Pacal
HISTORY: In the city of Palenque, in a temple on top of a pyramid, the archaeologist Albert Lluillier found in 1952 the access to a funerary cript that houses the sarcophagus of the King Pakal Votan the Great (615-683 A.D.). The Soviet scientist Alexander Kazantev advanced the theory that the relief on the lid of the sarcophagus represented an astronaut and his spaceship, but according to the Mayan legend, the symbolism of the lid shows King Pacal falling into the jaws of the Earth monster each night to rise again with the power of the sun each morning. Its teeth are enlarged to demonstrate its encompassing power. At the top is the mythological "Moun" bird. The pillar-like construction above Pacal's head is the tree of life. The original lid in Mexico is twelve feet long and weighs 5 tons.
• Product Number: #P-091S
• Type: Wall Relief
• Material: Bonded Stone
• Finish: Antique Stone
• Origin: Temple of Inscriptions,
Palenque, Mexico, 692 A.D.
• Size: 14" tall, 8.5" wide
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Click on the blue links in the paragraph above to view actual photos of the Palenque ruins in Mexico.
Pre-Columbian Art > Palenque Sarcophagus Lid
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