New Drawing of a La Corona Panel
Presented here is a new drawing of Panel 6 from La Corona, Guatemala. Its elaborate scene and lengthy hieroglyphic text commemorate the fascinating history of intermarriage between the rulers of La Corona (Saknikte’) and princesses of the Kan (or Kanal) court, centered at Dzibanche and Calakmul (Freidel and Guenter 2003; Martin 2008). On the left side we see the contemporaneous La Corona queen (and daughter of the then-king of Calakmul) under the roof of a small “water temple” as she celebrates a Period Ending in 731 A.D. Opposite her, under the protective arm of a large Teotihuacan-style feline, is the local queen who had arrived at La Corona from the Kan court over two centuries earlier, in 520.
Four dates are given in the text, listed here in chronological order:
- 18.104.22.168.16 12 Kib 9 Pax – Arrival of first Kan noblewoman
- 22.214.171.124.17 11 Kaban 10 Sotz’ – Arrival of second Kan noblewoman
- 126.96.36.199.14 8 Ix 17 Sotz’ – Arrival of third Kan noblewoman
- 188.8.131.52.0 4 Ahaw 13 Yax – Period Ending
Panel 6 is currently in the Ancient American Art gallery of The Dallas Museum of Art (Object number 1988.15.McD).
Freidel, David, and Stanley Guenter. 2003. Bearers and War of Creation. http://archive.archaeology.org/online/features/siteq2/
Martin, Simon. 2008 Wives and Daughters on the Dallas Altar. Article available on Mesoweb. http://www.mesoweb.com/articles/martin/Wives&Daughters.pdf