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Kabah and Labná

1843. Kabah Arch, north face; the only freestanding Maya arch still standing, possibly unique; showing reasonably good survival before additional collapse.
Scanned from Stephens and Catherwood, Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, 1843; closely based on Frederick Catherwood’s 1841-42 on-site drawing.
Kabah Arch, south face, INAH plaque in foreground.
photo Jan. 2001
Detail of INAH plaque in photo at left; north face; dotted lines indicate restored portions and probable design of roofcomb.
photo Jan. 2001
Kabah Arch, south face.
Kabah Arch, partly reconstructed. Like other Puuc "arches", this is an arch shape, not a structural arch. The capstones simply lie on top.
photo Jan. 2001
Kabah arch, remains of original plaster on inside of passageway.
photo Jan. 2001
1844. Labná Arch, view of the more ornate northwest face from inside the courtyard, slightly glamourized.
Aquatint published in Frederick Catherwood, Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, 1844, based on Catherwood’s 1839-42 on-site drawing. This image scanned from a 35mm slide taken from a copy in the AMNH (RF-13-K). Reproduced Courtesy of The Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History.
1999. Labná Arch, same northwest face, the stairs and parts of facade and roofcomb reconstructed.
photo Nov. 1999
1946. Labná Arch, same northwest face showing hypothetical reconstruction with roofcomb and figural sculpture.
Watercolor reconstruction drawing by Tatiana Proskouriakoff, 1946; scanned from 35mm slide of the original watercolor drawing. Reproduced Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.
1888-1891. Labná Arch, southeast face, showing that the Arch was a passageway through a continuous structure.
1888-1891 photograph by Henry N. Sweet as a member of the Thompson/Peabody expedition; scanned from 35mm slide of original photograph at Dumbarton Oaks. Reproduced Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.
2003. Labná Arch, same southeast face, partly restored, but the vaulted archway well preserved.
photo Jan. 2003
Labná Arch, detail of northwest face, showing extremely rare survival of painted headress behind what would have been a seated figure.
photo Jan. 2001 (flash)
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