The scientific tourist #221 — Atlantes

Atlantes, or Atlases, are architectural supports sculpted in the shape of a man. These atlantes are in the Museum of Anthropology and History; Mérida, Yucatán, México.


These sculptures (made to support tables and altars) were found in Chichén Itzá, and appropriately for the site display a mix of Mayan and Toltec styles. But unlike Toltec atlantes (found at Tula, Hidalgo) that display warrior features, these represent mythical creatures who separate heaven and earth.

These atlantes date to somewhere in the period of 1000 – 1200 AD.

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