Ancient Maya Art-The Central Area

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Central Area

The Tikal Temple I in Tikal (Petén Basin region, northern Guatemala), whose base is a stepped pyramid formed by several bodies, it is also known as the Temple of the Great Jaguar because in one of its lintels there’s a king sitting on a jaguar throne. The structure was built in limestone around 732 AD. This temple housed the burial of ruler Ah Cacao.

The properly Maya culture consolidated in the central area, region with great rivers, strong precipitation, very hot climate, a lush jungle vegetation… This area corresponds to the lowlands of Guatemala, Belize, the far west portion of Honduras, part of Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche and Quintana Roo. With influences from cultural elements of older civilizations (Olmec, Monte Albán I), either directly or through the Pacific coast and the Guatemalan highlands, the Mayas from Petén, the Motagua valley and the Usumacinta basin, developed a more…

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