Copan

Professors Michael and Neathery Fuller visited Copan in 1992. These digital images are scans from some of our slides.


Michael Fuller (right) examines Stela J with a one of the guides at Copan.



Kneeling figure with writing stylus identified by glyphs as Pauah Tun (patron of the scribes) from the from structure 82 of the Las Sepulturas Group. See Fash (1986:Figure 15).



Relief of a bacab figure from Las Sepulturas Group.



Relief of a bacab figure from Las Sepulturas Group.



Leaf Nosed Bat in an elaborate glyph panel of the Bacabs from Las Sepulturas Group.



Maya relief interpreted as corn god with upraised hand.



Raised relief of 3 skull masks.



Raised relief of a skull mask.



Raised relief sculpture of a skull mask.



Relief carving on a piece of human bone.



Relief carving on a piece of human bone.



Relief from Temple 18 of King Yax Pasaj (ascended throne 28 June 763). [Red outline done with photoshop]



Another relief from Temple 18 of King Yax Pasaj.



Relief of King Yax Pasaj from Temple 18.





Upsided down heads dangle from regelia of King Yax Pasaj. Ear spools are seen on several of the heads



One of the most famous monuments at Copan is Altar Q in front of Temple 16. It was originally proposed to be a conference of astronomers before the glyphs could be translated. It is currently understood to be a history of dynasties at Copan. Thirteen jaguars were sacrificed and buried behind this altar when it was installed. These photographs were taken while the altar was still outdoors. The figure on the far left is the 2nd King of Copan. the figure in center left is Yax-K'uk' Mo', the first dynastic ruler of Copan. The center right figure is Yax-Pac, 16th ruler of Copan. The far right figure is Smoke Shell, 15th ruler of Copan.



South side of Altar Q. The central figure is King Smoke Imix who sits upon the glyphs (Lord 5 ka'atuns) that pay homage to the fact that he had a lifespan between 79 and 98 years). The figure to the left is 18 rabbit and the figure to the right is Butz'-Chan.



West side of Altar Q showing the King Yax-K'uk' Mo' (left) and King Yax-Pac (right).



Altar Q closeup showing glyphs under Yax-Pac, 16th ruler of Copan.



Altar Q closeup showing the glyphs under Yax-K'uk' Mo.



Altar Q closeup showing the glyphs under 18 Rabbit.



Ballcourt completed in AD 738 by the 13th ruler of Copan.





Parrot head goal in ball court.



Relief related to the ballgame in the Copan Museum.



Stela in the Copan museum.



Filled and drilled teeth of an elite in the Copan Museum.



Relief from Copan.



Diagram of a typical Maya house in the Copan Museum.

 


Special thanks to Neathery Fuller.


Webpage constructed by Michael Fuller, 18 May 2008