Thursday, October 3, 2013

A postcard from Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya civilization. It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; an estimated 1.2 million tourists visit the ruins every year.

The site is dominated by Temple of Kukulkan, a step pyramid stands about 30 m high and consists of a series of nine square terraces.

The large figure in front of the the postcard is Chacmool, a detail of Temple of the Warrior. Chacmool is a particular form of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican sculpture depicting a reclining figure with its head facing 90 degrees from the front, supporting itself on its elbows and supporting a bowl or a disk upon its stomach. These figures possibly symbolized slain warriors carrying offerings to the gods [source: Wikipedia]

Sent by Niza for private swap

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